Firstly, Congratulations! You’ve conquered the first step and you’re so close to achieving your full goal. No matter what type of interview you are prepping for, the first thing you need to know is that we can help you every step of the way, whether you are speaking to one of our consultants or just want to keep reading, you’ve got this.
The Telephone Interview
A tip that we always find useful for telephone interviews is to get ready as if you were meeting them in person. We would highly recommend waking up a little earlier, getting dressed and having breakfast etc. Just as you usually would, it helps you keep a sense of professionalism and gives you a little extra time to think about what you may say, considering you won’t have to travel.
Another tip we find super handy, is to keep a copy of your CV next to you and even some potential questions that you may ask at the end of the interview. It should help you feel a little more at ease and then you have a little extra help. We cannot stress how important it is that you ask questions, it’s a two-way conversation and employers love it when you ask them questions. It shows you’re just as interested in them as they are in you.
Telephone interviews tend to happen before an initial face-to-face meeting. To show that you put in that little bit extra, the interview doesn’t have to end when you hang up the phone. It can be important to send a follow-up. If you have their email address, which is very likely, it’s good to reiterate how interested you are in the position.
The last but obvious point, make sure your device is fully charged. Then nothing can interrupt your interview.
The Face-to-face Interview
The key to every interview is to prepare. If you make sure everything is already planned out, you will go into the interview with ease and hopefully more relaxed. It is important to research the organization and the job position they are advertising for, this will come in handy when they ask you the dreaded question ‘Why do you want to work for us?’ That question stumps so many candidates.
Make sure to compare the skills you have to the qualifications and requirements posted on the job advert. You should do this before you apply for a job, but go into a little more depth when preparing for an interview. That way when they ask ‘What can you bring to the team?’ you know you already have an answer prepared.
It would make it less stressful if you plan what to bring to the interview and what to wear on the day beforehand. For the dress code, it would be simpler to go for a more neutral outfit, especially if you’re not sure on dress code they use. No matter what, you should always try to dress for the occasion. Nothing to fancy, but business clothing is better than ‘smart – casual’ just in case you go to casual. A plain suit or skirt and a blouse will do the trick.
In terms of what to bring, we would suggest the basics:
- Notepad and Pen – Remain professional and take notes if needed
- Extra copies of your CV – They often already have one ready, but always best to be prepared
- Information you may need for an application
- A portfolio – If necessary
- Anything they have asked for. – Make sure you don’t forget the little details they expect from you!
This is of course a guideline and you should prepare any way you see fit and in a way that suits you. Whether you follow this list exactly or add or take a few tips, our consultants will be there every step of the way once they get you an interview. As usual, if you have any more questions, head over to www.harpermay.com where you can read more of our blog or find out contact details.