Evelyn Wood Personnel

Interview Techniques & Tips

Preparation is the key to a successful interview

“Prior preparation prevents poor performance” – Evelyn Woods

Interview Techniques & Tips

Take advantage of every interview-an interview is a positive sign – something about you has impressed someone!


Preparation is the key to a successful interview

Find out as much as you can about the company.  Some good sources include:

  • Internet – Company Websites
  • Professional Bodies
  • Family and friends
  • Company Annual Reports

Find out as much as you can about the actual job from either the company or your personnel consultant, request a job description prior to interview and take it with you.

Prepare answers to possible questions you may be asked, like:

  • Why did you apply for this job?
  • Tell me about yourself
  • What do you expect to be doing in five years?
  • What skills and practical experience do you bring to this position?
  • Why should I hire you?

Rehearse how you might answer these and similar questions, a friend could help you by asking you some questions prior to the interview.

At The Interview

Arrive early

Try to make a good first impression – many judgements are made by employers in the first few moments of meeting you.

Listen carefully to the questions asked and answer clearly and concisely

Remain interested throughout the interview

  • Sit up straight
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Keep hands away from your face

Ask questions throughout the interview to show you are interested. Some of those questions may be:

  • Why is the position available?
  • What training and induction will be given?
  • What prospects are there for personal and professional development?

Express your interest in the position and ask “When can I expect to hear from you”

Thank the interviewer for their time

After the Interview

Once the interview has been concluded, you should contact your personnel consultant and pass on your impressions of the interview.

It is very important that the consultant speaks with you prior to discussing the interview with the Client.  This enables the consultant to pass on your interest to the Client and therefore enhance the likelihood of a successful outcome.

How the employers assess you

  • Being on time for your interview
  • Personal presentation
  • All employers will check out your social media pages, so you might want to clean up your security settings prior to interview.
  • How well prepared you are
  • Personality and maturity
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to handle the position
  • How interested you are in the position
  • Motivation and drive
  • The questions you ask

Mistakes that cost people jobs

Oversell – Trying too hard to impress

Undersell – Failing to emphasise the fact you have relevant skills

Negative attitude – This is not an opportunity to complain or be critical of current or past employers.

Lack of honesty

Lack of preparation

Lack of enthusiasm