1. Do your research.
I cannot stress this enough – preparation is the key! There are two things you have to focus on in you research. First of all, research the company:
What does the company do?
Who are its main competitors?
What is its vision?
What is its main money-generating product?
What are the main problems the firm has to deal with?
Who are the firm’s main clients?
Second, if you know who will be interviewing you – research them too. It’s good to know their background, career highlights, hobbies and anything else you can find about them on the web. This will help you to pick up the brownie points and will indicate what kind of person you might be dealing with. It will also enable you to find things in common with your interviewer and bring them about during your interview (perhaps both of you belonged to the same university club).
2. Dress to impress
Never underestimate the importance of a dress code. We all are biased towards appearance. If you look the part, you will get the part. If there is one thing you should invest in – it’s your suit. You must have one good suit that makes you look like a winner. Please, see previously published ChicOverdose articles on men’s fashion for more information.
3. All your answers must be work-related.
This is an easy area to slip and lose points. When your interviewer is asking you a question that is not directly related to work you have to stop and think about why is he asking you this question. You are likely to be judged by everything you say and everything you say might be used against you. For example, if you are asked a question “What animal would you be?” do not simply name your favourite animal e.g., “I would like to be a cat, because I like cats”. Think of an animal that has the qualities that are required for the job you are applying to. For example, it could be a dog because it is loyal and reliable. Be creative and try to come up with an answer that is specific to you.
4. Use examples when answering questions about your qualities.
Everyone can say that they are reliable, hard-working, creative, team players, problems solvers, etc. But only a few can justify it. You have to be one of the few if you want to get the job. Instead of saying: “I am a great problem solver!” justify your statement: “I am a great problem solver. For example, during my work experience at Law Firm PLC [and tell your interviewer about a time when you solved a problem]. The most common way to include such examples is the STAR approach:
5. Prepare your answers in advance.
You cannot know all the questions your interviewer will ask you, however there are certain questions that are very likely to come up during any interview. Carefully prepare your answers and rehearse. Ask your friend to listen to your answers and give you the feedback. The questions you are likely to be asked:
1. Why are you applying for this role?
2. Why should we hire you?
3. What do you know about this role?
4. Why do you want to be a [position you are applying to]?
5. Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years?