Congratulations, you’ve graduated from school and you’re all set for the working world. Or are you? Even though most graduates do well in the job seekers’ market, some graduates still find it difficult to receive employment. If you’re determined to score well in your career search, here are some winning tips and handy checklists to help you during job interviews.
1. Research, research, research
It is critical to be knowledgeable about the organisation and what they do before you step into the interview. A quick online search can reap lots of useful information. Be sure to highlight where your areas of expertise could be useful to them.
|Pre-interview checklist • Have you visited the company website? • Do you have the necessary qualifications for the job you’re applying for? • Are you a good fit to the requirements they’ve listed out in their job ad?|
2. Prepare answers for common interview questions
Rehearse your answers for the list of typical interview questions that we’ve compiled below. Not all interviews are conducted the same, so this checklist serves as a guide to help you feel more prepared. Stay open to the unexpected and remember to be natural when you reply.
|Common interview questions • Where do you see yourself in 5 years/10 years? • How can you contribute to the company? • Why do you think you’re a good fit for this job? • Tell me about yourself, your goals and passions. • What are your strengths and weaknesses and how will they affect your work? • How do you handle stress and pressure? • Are you willing to travel for work? • What are your salary expectations?|
3. Get dressed for success
If in doubt, dress more conservatively than you usually would and that usually includes hair colour. Avoid bright, flashy colours to project an image of professionalism and if you’re female, avoid “blinging” it out in jewellery – minimal embellishments makes you look organised. A sleek file or portfolio to neatly store your documents and papers convey your attention to details and that speak volumes to your prospective employer.
|Image checklist • Is your interview outfit clean, neat and ironed? • Are your clothes appropriate for the job role you’ve applied for? • Are your documents and papers neatly kept in a file or portfolio? • Is your mobile phone switched off or set to ‘silent’?|
4. Ask your interviewer questions
Having questions prepared for the interviewer demonstrate your passion and strategic thinking for the job opportunity. Asking about the work culture and future plans are great places to start but do avoid asking personal questions, or questions from the company’s FAQ webpage. Whenever possible, ask your interviewer(s) for their name card(s) so you can thank them later through email for the interview opportunity.
|List of what’s appropriate to ask and not ask Ask about: • The working culture and environment of the company. • The next steps you need to take if there are further rounds of interviews. • What the company expects you to accomplish in the first few months.|
Don’t ask about:- Your salary, staff benefits, overtime pay and perks until you’re confirmed for the job. • Rumours you heard about the company. • How quickly you can get promoted. • Other positions in the company. • Changing to the job scope or working schedule.
We hope that you’ve found this job interview guide informative. It is important to hit as many right notes as possible in an interview as increasing competition in today’s economy directly affects the company’s decision on whom to hire. Best of luck in your job search!
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