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News & Features - August 2012

So you have an interview...

Monday 27th August 2012

interview with an NGOCongratulations, the employer has obviously liked you and wants to meet you.

Do you want to perform well at the interview? Here are some tips for you:

  • Research the company on the internet - look at their website, get as much information as possible to give you a better understanding on what they do, how they do it and any new developments taking place. Often at an interview they will ask you what you know about their company.
  • Do a Google search on who might interview you at the organisation. If you are applying for a Marketing position, then you might want to see who the marketing people are.
  • Use Linkedin to give you any additional information.
  • Use correct dress code for interview - be smart in apearance and look clean and well groomed.
  • Plan your route, have the organisation's details at hand in case you need to call them if you are late.
  • Remember you may be watched as you enter the building so be absolutely professional when you approach immediate area.
  • When waiting for interview, be focussed, review any notes you have made, look confident - others could be watching you.
  • Always have questions to ask at the end of interview.
  • Stay calm.
  • Always give good eye contact, offer a  firm handshake and smile. Even if you had a nightmare journey in, stay positive and say that everything was fine coming in, no problems.
  • Be confident - remember sell yourself - show them something that they want to see.
  • Take notes at interview, it shows you are serious about the job.
  • Dont shuffle your body during interview, try not to use too much hand gestures.
  • Bring a drink with you - bottle of water.
  • Be honest with yourself, during the interview the job, the people, the location, the job description might not be for you BUT dont show this, remain professional until the end and deliberate once you get home.
  • No chewing gum during interview
  • Speak in a clear and concise voice - its OK to ask them to repeat a question or ask them for clarification, but dont do it all the time.
  • Bring your latest CV with you, have extra copies at hand.
  • Thank them at end of interview - say it was really nice meeting you.
  • If not successful at interview, ask for feedback later on.


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