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INTERVIEW TIPS
 
'The best candidate never gets the job - the best interviewee does!'
 
General Tips and Advice -
Before your interview find out everything you can about the company (read their annual report which can be obtained by telephoning them). Re-read your application, thinking through your own career and the questions they might ask you. You should try to anticipate the general questions which they will ask and also prepare some questions to ask them.
 
To do well at the interview you will need to convince the interviewer you are technically qualified to do the job. You will also need to show that you are sufficiently motivated to get the job done well and that you will fit in with the company's organisational structure and the team in which you will work.
 
You should dress smartly for the interview and should leave home earlier than you need to on the day of the interview - you may be delayed by traffic or for other reasons. Be courteous to all employees of the company. At the interview itself you must be positive about yourself and your abilities - but do not waffle.
 
Interview Questions You May Be Asked -

Before attending an interview you should think about your responses to the following questions. Your answers may depend on the job or company in question, so you should go through your responses just before each interview.
 
Why do you want this job?
Think carefully about this question. Stress the positive aspects which have attracted you to applying for this position. Do not mention the negative aspects of your current job or the job in question.
 
What qualities do you think will be required for this job?
Their advertisement for the job may help you a little bit, but you should also think of the other qualities that may be required. These may include leadership ability, supervisory skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, problem solving, analytical skills, etc.
 
What can you contribute?
This is your chance to shine. Tell them about your achievements in your previous position(s) which are relevant to the new position you are applying for.
 
Why do you want to work for this company?
Emphasise the positive reasons why you want to join their company, but avoid aspects such as more money or shorter hours. These would not endear you to a prospective employer.
 
What do you know about this company?
This is your chance to impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their company. Give them a run down of their products/services, sales figures, news, company figures, customers, etc.
 
What interests you about our product (or service)?
Again, your research into the company should aid you in answering this question.
 
What can we (the new company) offer that your previous company cannot offer?
Tread carefully here! Again do not mention money. Stress opportunities for personal growth, new challenges, etc.
 
Questions to Ask the Interviewer -
The interview is a two-way process. The company interviewing you will want to find out whether you are suitable to the position and you will want to find out if the company and position are right for you. You should therefore ensure that you have enough information to make up your mind whether you want the job. For example:
 
* What will be my responsibilities?
* Where will I fit into the overall organisational structure?
* Who will I report to?
* Where does he/she fit in the structure?
* Who will report to me?
* Who are your customers?
* How experienced are they?
* What do you expect me to do in the first 6 months?
* What level of performance do you expect from me?
* Where is the company going? Upwards? Expansion plans?
* What are the chances of advancement/promotion in this position? When?
* What will be my salary, benefits and bonuses? [Do not bring this up too early in the interview -
wait until they are sold on you.]
* Will travelling be required in this position?
* Will relocation be required now or in the future?
* What training do you provide?
* When will you decide on the appointment?
* What is the next step?
 
Interview thank you letters -
It is good practice to write your interview thank you letters soon after you have had any interviews. This will make you stand out from everyone else who has been interviewed - as very few people (if any) will bother to write a letter to say thank you. In this letter you should thank the interviewer(s) for meeting you and if possible provide some additional information about yourself or a problem that the company needed a solution for.