A Force To Be Reckoned With – Interview Tips

12th January 2016 · Chris Paton

IT Talent’s interview tips will make you a force to be reckoned with!

When it comes to interviews, one of the best words of advice is preparation. The better prepared you are the better your chances of getting the job.

Interview preparation can be broken down in a few key steps.

RESEARCH

Your school days may be long gone but you still need to do your homework! Before an interview, it would be extremely unwise to not research the organisation. Interviewers tend to expect you to have completed some research into their organisation. Why you ask? This is because by doing some research in advance, it shows them you are:

  • Putting some effort into winning the job
  • Interested in their organisation
  • Showing enthusiasm

POW!

You can research the company in a number of ways. Nowadays, most companies along with their website, use social media. This is a great place to find insight into the company and also helps you learn more about the company.

It’s important to remember no one likes a no-it-all but having a few facts about the company in your head can be beneficial as it shows interest and insight. If you want to bring them into conversation, they need to be brought up only if the conversation is relevant.

As well as helping you in the interview, by researching the company, it may also help you figure out whether you’re sure you’d like to work there!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

It’s all about those first impressions! Believe it or not, a lot can be told about you in the first few moments. It sounds scary but have no fear.

We’ve got it covered

Your best defence against a bad first impression:

  • Dress smartly and appropriately
  • Work on your handshake and the way you greet
  • Be punctual

Your weakness:

  • Sloppy appearance
  • Poor grooming
  • Too much perfume or aftershave
  • Lateness or being too early.

PRACTICE

Unfortunately, there are many different types of interview so when it comes to practicing for one, it can be a bit tricky. However, there are a few things you can practice which may come up.

Have some questions in mind to ask the interviewer and make sure these are relevant. This shows you have a more genuine interest in the company and it shows you also could see yourself working there. These might be along the lines of:

  • What are the plans for the future of the company?
  • Is there any room for progression within this role?
  • What are the best and most challenging aspects of working here?

To help your delivery, it may be worth practicing your questions and different interview scenarios with a friend or family member. This may also include:

  • Your handshake
  • Answering questions about the company
  • What roles you’ve had in the past
  • Why you might be best suited for the role

We have prepared these notes in order for you to make the most of your forthcoming interview. Please do not hesitate in contacting us with any questions and good luck!
– Emily Clements, Communications Manager