Job Interview Tips

 
This section is designed to help you interview effectively. Find out how to prepare and make a great impression, read through common interview questions and create insightful questions of your own. You can also get advice on how to negotiate your salary and select references.
 
Most people experience a degree of nervousness before and during a job interview. Accept that these feelings are natural and follow these tips to stay relaxed in the interview.
 
The key to a successful interview is preparation. Researching the company, understanding the role and offering polished responses shows initiative, enthusiasm and a keen interest in the job.
 
The interview is your opportunity to convince a potential employer that you are the strongest candidate amongst tough competition. No matter how compelling you appear on paper, it is the impression you make in person that is the deciding factor.
 
To demonstrate at an interview that you are the right fit for the role, preparation is vital. Use the common interview questions below to prepare succinct, relevant responses, matching your skills and attributes to the needs of the company and role wherever possible.
 
Preparing relevant, insightful questions to ask at the interview shows initiative and your enthusiasm for the role offered.
 
To negotiate your new salary from a position of strength, preparation is crucial. You must have clear and realistic expectations of what your skills and experience are worth and be prepared to ask your potential employer for what you want.
 
There are some standard interview questions that most of us will be familiar with and expect to crop up in an interview. Increasingly though, companies are throwing in a curve ball; a seemingly bizarre, unrelated question that can catch you completely off-guard.
 
If your resume and cover letter have been impressive enough to get you an interview, the job could be yours – provided you perform well at the interview.
 
Managers typically have a direct impact on the morale and success of their teams. More often than not, the relationship you have with your manager is a critical factor in your level of job satisfaction.
 
It’s the interview moment every job seeker dreads. Just when you thought you had them eating out of the palm of your hand, you’re hit with a question straight out of left field.
 
Shift the focus at your next interview. Instead of aiming to impress your interviewer, focus on building a connection. It makes sense; you want to make a positive, lasting impression, so creating professional rapport during your interview should be a primary focus. Here are some tips to help you on your way.
 
Before an interview, you should not only thoroughly prepare your answers, but also research the company. Having an understanding of the company’s background allows you to talk compellingly about their business and how you can add value.
 
Companies will often conduct interviews over the phone to save time or if distance is an issue. But if you’ve got a phone interview coming up, don’t think that you can relax because the interviewer can’t see you. Here are five ways to guarantee your telephone interview goes well.
 
With many candidates of a similar calibre often chasing one job, many employers carefully evaluate soft skills in order to select the most suitable person for the position. Here are five areas to focus on during the interview process.
 
The way you compose yourself and the body language you display during an interview can hold as much weight on the outcome as your ability to actually do the job. This list of essential do’s and don’ts will help you succeed in getting through the interview with confidence and composure.
 
If you want to be a truly great, memorable candidate when interviewing for a job, you need to ask some ‘wow’-inducing questions during your interview. These four ‘wow’ questions will make you appear well-researched and enthusiastic about the job, helping you stand out from other candidates.
 
Competency based interviews are becoming increasingly popular as a way to predict a candidate’s future performance. Essentially, a series of behavioural questions, the interviewer will ask you to describe a situation which demonstrates your abilities that will be integral to the role you’re interviewing for.
 
Interviewing for a job abroad? There’s a good chance you’ll face a video interview. Check out Michael Page’s top six tips for video interviews.
 
Strength based interviews assess ‘what you ENJOY doing’ and are slowly taking over from competency based interviews which asses the ‘things you can do’.
 
If you’re feeling anxious at the prospect of a day of one-to-ones, panel interviews and in-tray exercises, don’t – we’ve got 10 ways to take the sting out of second interviews
 
There are four kinds of interviews that you are likely to encounter in your job hunting: situational, behavior description, unstructured and panel interviews.