There are a few golden rules that can assist you in either improving your chances of being offered the position or at least a second interview.

STEP1: RESEARCH

Research the Organization


  • How long has it existed?

  • What is its mission?

  • What does it produce?

  • Who does it serve?

  • Size?

  • Location?
 
Although E&D Recruiters might provide you with a job specification/ brief on the role you are interviewed for, it will not be enough.

You need to do research on your own and incorporate your research into answers that is provided in the upcoming interview.

Make sure you understand the details, requirements, and responsibilities of the job you are applying for.

This information can be typically found by reviewing interview bulletins, recruiting information, and company literature. Finally, be able to relate your skills and qualifications to expected responsibilities.

@ Visit the organization's website to help you research companies and organizations.
 

Research is the most important thing before an interview. Do research on the company on the Internet, read up on any information that you can find that might be relevant to the role like the Projects they did, their successes over the last year, rewards achieved etc.
 

Get to understanding the structure of the organisation and where the position fits in the organogram/the broader company or company as a whole. Get to know the key positions and the names of people in them. Find out who will be interviewing you and the position they hold. Address people by their first names and ensure that you pronounce names correctly.

 

In addition, expand your search by conducting informational interviews. This can be done by talking to any
 altRemember to plan to drink some water or a bite to eat if you become hungry.
contacts that you may have and if you know people working for the company, talk to them about the company and what they experienced. (But bear in mind that each person has a personal viewpoint and therefor will be subjective).

 Lastly , plan your route to the client and ensure you allow for traffic. You do not want to be late to an interview! Arrive about 15 minutes early but you want to be near the employer about 30 minutes before your interview so you can make sure you have everything together.
 

 STEP 2: PRESENTING “YOURSELF”

altGet enough sleep the night before the interview so that you are feeling fresh. 
Looking presentable is just as important as the research. Simple, tailored work clothes is advisable. Make sure your hair is washed and neat. Ensure the clothes that you want to wear are clean and fit properly.If you need to do a presentation, ensure that it is in a professional manner.

If you are using a computer for the presentation, make sure the battery is fully charged.

 

STEP 3: PERSONAL TIPS BEFORE THE ACTUAL INTERVIEW

You might feel nervous and it is human to feel that way, but don’t focus on your nervousness.

Breathe...Smile...Relax

 

STEP 4: UNDERSTANDING THE KIND OF INTERVIEW

The way companies conduct interviews vary and change on a daily basis.
 

Likewise, there are several kinds of interviews, depending on the personality and preferences of the interviewer.

Telephonic interviews

altA company will ask you questions the first time they contact you to begin assessing your qualifications.

Keep a list with you such as the position description and any other pertinent information. Fact that they cannot see you is a challenge but also a benefit, use your notes.

Panel

A panel interview is conducted when you are interviewed by 2-10 people at the same time. Eye contact needs to be made with each person. When a question is asked you want to direct 50% of your eye contact to the person that asked the question and the other 50% to the other members of the panel. It is advisable to get the names of the panel members for follow up.

One-On-One Interviews

This is the traditional format for interviews. Make good eye contact and try to match their style.

The kind of questions can be divided into the following:

Behavioural interviews

As it is believed that Behaviour is a good predictor of future behaviour, the interviewer wills will ask questions that will require you to recall past experiences and to describe your responses and the outcomes.

To prepare for behavioural interviewing, look at the skills and personal attributes listed in the job specification (Examples such as Managerial skills, communication skills, Problem solver etc.).

 

Steps to problem solving:


  • Gather relative information

  • Evaluate information

  • Prioritize information

  • Propose and weigh possible solutions

  • Choose and propose your solution

  • Discuss how you would evaluate the effectiveness of your solution

Hypothetical Interviews

Clients will sometimes “put” you in a work situation to test your problem solving skills. It is expected to think

on your feet and analyse the situation while keeping in mind the company's culture and values.

 

Don’t concentrate so much on what your final answer is but that you show a logical thought process in developing your answer. There is often “one” right answer, but there are definitely wrong ones.

Direct Interview

Some clients might want you to feel being interrogated rather than interviewed. The purpose is to establish how you handle pressure. They will ask direct questions that will put you on the spot. Stay calm and composed while answering the questions.
 

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