Tips to ace your interview

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 11am

By Ifi Ekong

 
Every employer needs to know that you really want to work for them; a new recruit who is enthusiastic about their company will work harder, be more productive and ultimately stay longer. 

Do your research
 
Find out as much as you can about the company; future expansions, mission and key objectives, and training and development to name but a few. Look for news articles about the company – what recent successes and challenges have they faced? Has there been anything in the press about the industries they work in? Search to see if the company has recent videos and see what information you can glean. Sites like Glass Door and The Job Crowd provide great insights into a company’s culture.
 
First impressions count
 
Never underestimate the importance of making a favourable first impression. Research shows that interviewers are swayed by how people dress, act and walk through the door – and that many hiring managers make a decision within the first 90 seconds of meeting you. Employers try to imagine how potential recruits will fit in with current work situations. Would they be the right person to meet a client or work in a particular team? The more you understand about the culture of the organisation, the more you can demonstrate how you would best fit in.
 
It’s all in the preparation
 
One of the best ways to prepare for a job interview is to do a mock. You can be your own interviewer if necessary – read the questions out to yourself before answering them on camera. You could even pre-record your questions and play them back during your mock interview.
 
Check your online presence
 
Interviewers often conduct online searches on individuals before deciding whether to offer them an interview. So, what will employers want to find, and what will put them off? Evidence of involvement in business networks and community projects or examples of success at work or college is positive.  Evidence of a negative especially towards companies will not fare well.
 
Research conducted by leading Executive firm ExecuNet showed that 77% of recruiters said they used search engines to find background data on candidates. Additionally, 35% admitted they eliminated a candidate because of what they found online.
 
The same survey revealed that although 82% of candidates expected recruiters to check out their names on a search engine, only 33% searched for information on themselves, to see what their prospective employer might find out.
 
Posted on: 20 November 2013

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