Interview Tips

2/11/2020

Utopian Professional Recruitment are passionate about supporting our candidates throughout their recruitment journey. Below are some hints & tips to help you prepare ahead of your interview..

Interviews can be a source of stress and anxiety when you are looking for a job. Once you’ve secured your interview, this is your chance to make a good impression on your potential employer and ultimately, get the job. How you prepare, present yourself, what you wear, how you answer difficult questions and your general attitude all play key roles in interviews. Being prepared is the best way to gain employment in today’s competitive job market. Knowing relevant information about the company you are interviewing for, knowledge of the job and the industry surrounding the job can make or break an interview.

Below are some tips around ensuring you are prepared ahead of your interview.

Be prepared
Preparation boosts confidence. Practice with your friends or relatives. Remember that everyone who is interviewing is not necessarily a good interviewer. Review the company website, familiarise yourself with their values, read their blogs, know their achievements, read the job description, fully understand what would be expected of you in this role, whilst always identify your own skills, strengths and areas of development.

Be on time
Ensure you know the exact location of your interview and know how to get there. If you are driving, check they have onsite parking, if you’re taking public transport, check for any travel delays and have an alternative plan if need be.
Arrive 5-10 minutes early (not too early and definitely not late) Arriving early will give you the opportunity to read some information on the company in the reception area. Always be polite to the Receptionist!

Dress to impress
Always dress professionally, this will create an immediate good impression. Even if you know the company wear casual dress, do not take this for granted. Decide what you are going to wear the night before and avoid making any wrong choices.

Be polite
Do not interrupt to the interviewer. Listen carefully to the questions being asked and then anticipate. Let them take control of the interview. Do not use jargon words, take your time and if unsure about how to answer a question, ask them if you can come back to that. Always have a couple of questions ready for the interviewer. Remember to thank them for their time and to be considered for the opportunity.

Be positive and smile
Keep in mind that there is only one chance to make a first impression. Every company wants employees who are goal-oriented, career-driven, enthusiastic and motivated. Be the employee they want. Keep your body language composed. Do not talk negatively about past employers. End the interview on a positive note. The hiring manager needs to know that you are interested, enthusiastic and excited about the position and the company.

Don’t discuss pay too early
Questions about pay in the first interview from anyone other than a temporary applicant is always bothersome. Unless the subject comes up, don’t wade into the issue of the pay in the first interview. Discuss this with your recruiter at all times.

Talk technically to techies only
Feel free to discuss what you know but remember: If you are talking to a nontechnical manager or human resources representative, you are not going to impress them with talk about life in the trenches. Answer questions about your education and work briefly and keep the tech comments to a minimum until you know the history of the company and the people involved in the hiring process. If you have questions about the technology in use at the site, keep your questions specific and relevant to the position for which you are applying.

Keep your philosophy to yourself
If you hate Bill Gates, Windows XP, and the whole Office Suite, keep it to yourself. Ranting about your tech philosophy can ruin your chances at the position. If you are asked about how you feel about a product/company, be honest, turn a negative into a positive, but don’t preach. The interviewer probably just wants to see how you respond to such questions.

Electronic interruption: Not welcomed
Mobile phone etiquette might seem a trivial thing to those that are hooked up, but you can kiss any job opportunity goodbye if your interview is interrupted by a phone ringing or buzzing. Store your electronic devices in pocket, purse, or briefcase. If you can’t spare the time away from the rest of the world to do an interview, why are you applying for the job?

Remember to say thank you
Beyond thanking your interviewers for their time as you leave, it’s vital that you follow up in written form. If the competition for a position is tight, a follow-up thank you note can mean a lot. If the manager is slow to hire, the arrival of a thank-you note can serve as a reminder about the candidate who’s awaiting the manager’s next move. Just after you have completed the interview, take note of anything specific you discussed and make a point of referencing it in your thank you letter.