Job Interview Tips From a Corporate Interviewer
Do you want job interview tips that tell you what an employer is looking for when they
interview job candidates? Imagine the advantage you would have if you knew how the
interviewer wanted you to present your attributes and experience. You could communicate
with confidence because you would know how to prepare for the job interviews, what to say,
and how to present what you can offer a potential employer.
I've been interviewing job candidates, and managing recruitment and assessment, days
for over 20 years. I'm not going to waste your time with the obvious. You will know what
to wear, and that appearance is important. These job interview tips are based on the
things you probably don't know. The things that stand out to interviewers, like me, but
candidates aren't aware of them. Here you are getting inside information from the other
side of the interview desk.
1. Prepare for an interview that could change your life
What I don't want to see in an interview is a candidate struggling to answer basic
questions that they should have expected and prepared for. You will not know the exact
wording of the interview questions you will be asked. But you can predict 90 percent
of the topics the questions will be about. Study the job description and other information
you have about the vacancy. Prepare how you will present your evidence that shows you
can meet the requirements of the role.
Match your skills and experience to those in the job description. Choose strong
examples that prove your experience and capability for each of the key job requirements.
Put yourself in the interviewers position. If you were asking the interview questions,
what would they be? Note the questions and then select your best answers.
2. Take a breath before you answer
You're nervous, you want to appear eager to get the job, and you're focused on the
interviewer and their questions. The interviewer asks you a question and you blurt out the
first answer you think of almost before the interviewer has finished the question. I see
this happen regularly in the interviews I hold. As soon as I have finished the question
the candidate instantly replies.
Take a breath and allow at least tree seconds to pass before you answer. Use the time to
consider if you're presenting the best possible answer to the interviewer. The interviewer
will see you considering the question and putting thought into the answer. You will be
perceived as confident and in control. This job interview tip will have a big positive
impact on the image you project at interview.