Prepare for the Perfect Interview

Getting the Interview – how can Prime Recruitment help

At Prime Recruitment we organise interviews for possible applicants.  With this in mind we send you as prepared as possible to give you the best chance possible. The following are the steps involved in preparing for the interview, and the common sense guidelines, that make the difference.

If you’re serious about job seeking then give us a call at Prime Recruitment Consultants on 09 489 8099 or contact us.

Preparing for the Interview, asking questions and giving answers

So how can you know what your interviewer will be looking for? How can you prepare to speak, act, and appear as professional as possible in the initial meeting?

  • Do advance work, learn everything you can about the company.
  • Make sure you know what is expected of you before you attend the interview.  Try and determine the Company’s culture.
  • Once you’ have done your homework; you are ready to start practicing.
  • Think about the worst question you may have to face in an interview.  Practice answering that question. Do role-playing. You must be prepared for that question. If you can answer it, the rest will be much easier. Once you’ have crossed that hurdle, you can practice for the rest of the interview.

Be prepared to articulate your strengths and skills and what you can bring to the organisation. Even if you are asked off-the-wall questions. Be prepared to answer them in a way that focuses on what you can do for the company. One good way to practice is by doing a mock interview with a  family member, or friend, or in front of the mirror. It is good to practice both answering and asking questions

Potential Interview Questions

The following are some typical behaviour-based questions that interviewers often ask. The job competencies they’re designed to measure are in bold:

  • Research – Describe a situation in which you had to use reference materials to write a report. What was the topic? What information did you read?
  • Communication – Give me a specific example of a time when a co-worker or classmate criticised your work in front of others. How did you respond? How has that event shaped the way you communicate with others?
  • Initiative – Describe a situation in which you recognised a potential problem as an opportunity. What did you do?
  • Assertiveness – Give me a specific example of a time when you sold your supervisor or manager on an idea or concept. How did you proceed? What was the result?
  • Commitment to task – Describe the system you use for keeping track of multiple projects. How do you track your progress so that you can meet deadlines?
  • Creativity and imagination – Tell me about a time when you came up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company was facing. What was the challenge? What roles did others play?
  • Relationship building – What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients in building and maintaining successful business relationship? Give me examples of how you ha’ve made these work for you.
  • Teamwork – Describe a time when you got co-workers or colleagues who dislike each other to work together. How did you accomplish this? What was the outcome?
  • Time management – Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline. What things did you fail to do? What were the repercussions? What did you learn?
  • Decision making – Describe a specific problem you solved for your employer or Manager. How did you approach the problem? What role did others play? What was the outcome?

Going to the interview

Once you have done your research, considered what questions you may be asked, and which questions you are planning to ask,  you need to look presentable and familiarise yourself on how to get to the interview.  Consideration should be made for traffic, parking etc.

The day of an interview can be nerve wrecking for some, so practicing how to put yourself into the right frame of mind is important.

  • Be positive – It is all about attitude. Learn how to psyche yourself up. Make yourself a list of things that you know make you feel positive.
  • Be Relaxed – Listen to music, exercise, do yoga, or anything that may help calm you down.
  • Be on time – Make sure you leave early and arrive at least 10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to begin.
  • Be yourself – Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not.

The Interview

On the day of the interview there are a number of points to keep in mind.

  • If you are presented with an application form, fill it out neatly and honestly, completing all questions.
  • Greet the interviewer by his or her last name.
  • Give the appearance of confidence as you enter
  • SHAKE HANDS FIRMLY!
  • Wait to be offered a chair before sitting down. Sit upright, look alert and interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good communicator
  • Always look the interviewer in the eye while speaking

Closing the the Interview

If you are interested in the position, let the interviewer know. Say something like “I am very interested in the position.  I am confident I could do an excellent job”. The interviewer will be impressed with your enthusiasm.

  • Don’t be discouraged if no commitment has been made. The interviewer will probably want to communicate with other people in the company or possibly interview more candidates before making a decision
  • If you get the impression the interview is not going well don’t let your discouragement show. Once in a while an interviewer will seem to discourage you as a way of testing your reaction
  • Always thank the interviewer for his or her time and consideration

Most importantly

  • Be prepared, make your preparation fun and enjoyable and get others to help you.
  • Do not try to cover up mistakes. Instead, focus on how you learned from them.
  • Remember that the interview is a way of determining if the job is right for you.  If the interview goes badly or not as you had expected, keep in mind that it’s a learning experience and those who do succeed are the ones who have learned from previous experiences.
  • Most importantly be honest and be yourself.