Vine Resources' top 10 tips for creating a good impression at interviews
Interviews are an opportunity to present yourself to a company and sell your personality, skills and knowledge in order to secure a position and further your career. Seeing the interviewer as a client instead of a potential employer and promoting the benefits you offer is vital. Below are a number of key steps and considerations that can help you to perform to the best of your ability in any interview.
Preparation is king. Read the company website and find out as much as you can about the position, skills and experience required, including who has been successful in the past and why.
- Use the knowledge you have gained to match your skills to their requirements.
- Review your career history including your accomplishments, strengths and weaknesses.
- Be prepared to cite examples of specific accomplishments and how your experience can assist them.
- Prepare some questions you may be asked at the interview and be honest about your accomplishments.
- Consider the information you want to find out at the interview and prepare some questions that you can ask your interviewer. You may want to consider the geographical location of the company, language and cultural challenges and the environment you will be working in. Check whether you will be working alone or as part of a team.
- It is never wise to discuss salary and benefits at the first interview as both parties need to establish whether there is a match first.
- Don't undersell yourself by not providing back-up information to support your application.
Face-to-face interview - all of the above plus:
- Be clear on the company, name, address and telephone number and take down the directions to ensure you know how to get there, ensuring you leave with sufficient time to arrive on time for your interview. Arriving late creates a very poor impression.
- First impressions count, ensure you are dressed appropriately for the interview and that you establish the dress code prior to attending.
The final golden rule; during an interview: never raise negative issues relating to your previous or future employer.