Prepare for interview
We all jump to conclusions when we first meet a person don’t we?
There’s not many of us who won’t have enjoyed whiling away the time in a coffee shop ‘people watching’ and deciding someone’s background by what they wear, how they look and how they speak to each other.
And it’s common knowledge that the majority judge someone at interview within the first two to three minutes.
Edwards & Pearce Professional Recruitment in Parliament Street, Hull, has drawn up comprehensive advice on how interviewees should present themselves and how they should perform.
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Pippa Rothery, branch manager, said: “Preparing for interview is well covered on our website including research, what to wear and the nose ring/tattoo issue.
“Much depends on the type of company and the nature of the work. For example – an interview with a funky little ad agency may well require a different dress code for an interview than with one of the Big 4 accountancy firms.”
So the key message is research. Just as you will expect to be asked questions about you based on information you have provided in your CV, the interviewer will be expecting you to have read up on the company.
Practice answers to common questions such as why do you want to work for us? What would you bring that someone else wouldn’t? Why did you apply for the job? Tell me about yourself?
Jobsite features advice from a range of businessmen and women and their top questions along with the different styles of interviews you might face.
Some interviews prefer a conversational style while others are direct and some have a panel of people in front of you.
What’s important to remember is that everyone you come into contact with may later be asked for their thoughts on you such as the receptionist who logs your arrival or the secretary who takes you through to the interview.
If their first impression is that you’re rude, you were concentrating on your mobile ‘phone or were late – those thoughts will be fed back to the interviewer.
Treat everyone as if they are your interviewer – you are selling yourself from the moment you walk through the door of the company interviewing you.