5 Top Tips for that Interview

Do your research

Learning about the company work ethics, history and development is a great way to introducing yourself into why you think you can be a perfect candidate for the role. Highlight your key responsibilities and skills, what you have learnt and how you can apply your experiences to fit this new role. Think about how the company are known exteriorly, familiarize yourself with their competitors and acknowledge what the company could be missing and highlight this.

Most common interview questions:

  • Talk a little about yourself, your background, and creativity and future goals.
  • Explain your strengths & weaknesses
  • Why should we hire you? What will you bring to our company?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Then you may get asked more off the wall questions such as- ‘If you were a bit of office stationary, what would you be?’ (Tip:  A paperclip- why? Because you can hold everything together!)

 Ask Questions

To demonstrate your interest in the position, ask a couple of questions. Prepare around 5 questions; think about the goals of the company.

  • Where do they see themselves in 5 years?
  • Is there progression for you to grow within the company?
  • What do you consider to be the company’s most important assets?
  • Are you introducing any new products/lines?| ( for example sales jobs)
  • These are questions that employers find interesting and this will give you more information about the job.

Appearance is essential

Although you need to be yourself, be yourself in your best presentation. Think about how the employers would feel if you turned up in scruffy jeans, it would look like you haven’t made the effort therefore were not serious about the job role. Dressing one level above the job you're applying for shows a desire to succeed.

Represent confidence

No matter how nervous you are, you must display ounces of confidence on the outside. This show’s your employer that you are calm and collective under pressure. When you walk in, give eye contact, smile and hold out a firm handshake. This will make everyone at ease in the situation; first impressions do count so remember to do represent you in a confident but not arrogant manner. Do not be afraid to highlight anything you feel may be relevant to the role. Employers want to see brave answers and a strong attitude.

Be yourself

Make sure you’re not too staged and rehearsed. It’s easy to walk in to an interview and become a different character. Think about what the employers would like to see, emphasise your reasons for wanting the role and what skills you can apply but be honest and make sure you walk away leaving them with the experience of meeting the real you.

This article was written on behalf Oceanic Resources an industry leading recruiter for Supply chain jobs.

image credits: Stuart Miles
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