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11 Key Job Interview Tips

Updated: Jan 27

Congratulations on landing a face-to-face job interview!

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Here are some tips for a successful interview...

  1. Research the company Learn as much as you can about the company, its products, and its mission. Understand the company's industry and its place within it. It will also be beneficial to find out the company's current initiatives, and understanding their recent news related to the company.

  2. Study the job requirements Review the job requirements and responsibilities, and understand what skills and experience are required for the position. Prepare examples of how you have demonstrated these skills and qualifications in your past experiences.

  3. Brush up on your technical skills Review and practise the technical skills required for the job, such as programming languages, frameworks, and tools and related Excel software, for example, Power BI. It's also a good idea to stay up to date with recent developments and new technologies generally.

  4. Prepare answers to common interview questions Be ready to answer common interview questions such as why you want the job, what interests you about the company, what makes you a good fit for the position, etc. Keep your responses concise and focused on the question at hand. Avoid rambling or going off-topic. Highlight your relevant skills, experience, and achievements that align with the job requirements.

  5. Plan to ask questions Prepare questions to ask your interviewer about the company, the team, and the position. This will show your interest in the company and the role and will help you gather information that can help you make an informed decision about whether to accept a job offer.

  6. Prepare a portfolio If applicable, prepare a portfolio of your work that demonstrates your specialities and related skills and experience. This can include certificates, project reports or any other relevant material. Bring multiple copies of your updated resume, written character and job references, cover letter, and any other documents requested by the employer. Keep them organised in a professional-looking folder or portfolio.

  7. Practise your communication skills Make sure you can clearly and effectively communicate your ideas and experiences. This may involve practising your interviewing skills with a friend or family member.

  8. Dress for the part and show up on time Make sure you are dressed professionally and arrive at the interview location on time. Being punctual and professional in your appearance will make a good first impression. Polish your shoes, clean your nails, comb your hair, button your jacket!

  9. Be confident Practise positive self-talk and visualization before your interview, it can be a great way to boost your confidence and help you put your best foot forward. Look your interviewer in the eye (yes, we know this is difficult to master) and always use a firm handshake.

  10. Be courteous Remember to be professional, courteous, and respectful throughout the interview process, including interactions with receptionists, assistants, or other employees. Your behaviour and attitude are being evaluated at all times. Switch-off your mobile phone! If you are carrying a satchel, binder, book, case etc. make sure it's presentable and not tattered or worn. If you're given a drink or a snack, don't make a mess and always offer to tidy up at the conclusion of the interview - this is a renowned Steve Jobs (Apple) tip that speaks volumes about your character.

  11. Follow-up with a thank you note After the interview, send a thank you note to the interviewer expressing your gratitude for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the position. This is a chance to re-emphasise your qualifications and leave a positive impression.

Remember that interviews are a two-way street - you're not just there to impress the employer, but also to assess whether the company and role are a good fit for you. Good luck with your interview!

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