By the time you have made it to an interview, you have eliminated the vast majority of the competition. Now for the rest!
There are only two possible objectives – to get a job offer or make it through to a second interview. You can ascertain whether there will be a next step by asking, “If I am successful in this interview, will there be a second?”
Here are some guidelines that, if properly implemented, will enable you to perform more effectively at your interview:
- When you are invited for an interview – typically via a telephone call – ask what the essential selection criteria are. They may or may not tell you but it never hurts to try.
- Research the organisation and the relevant industry. Try and discover some topical issues related to the industry so that you can formulate some interesting and relevant questions and show that you have some current background knowledge.
- Select conservative business attire and grooming.
- Arrive on time.
- Prepare yourself to provide detailed examples to demonstrate your experience in essential areas of knowledge, skill and ability related to the role.
- Provide succinct answers to the interviewers questions.
- Look the interviewer in the eye confidently but don’t try and stare them down.
- Prepare to ask questions, for example, “How will my performance in the role be measured?” which will show that you are results oriented.
- Do not ask about salary.
- Send a thank you note after the interview and, if you are still interested in the role, confirm for the interviewer your ongoing interest.
- There are 100 other things you could do, but if you do the above ten things well, you will perform better than most of the competition.