The Interview Check List

Prepare for the Interview

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    • Write a list of your strengths, skills and qualities – highlight the strengths, skills and qualities needed for the job you are being interviewed for.

 

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    • Research the company; you can research the company online by clicking “about us” or “company history” tab on the company website – you will be asked “can you tell me what you know about our company?” during the interview.

 

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    • Complete a mock interview; rehearse what to say and how to respond to interview questions. Also plan a list of questions to ask the interviewer.

 

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    • Plan travel (complete a mock ruin in advance) prepare interview clothes, put CVs and references in a smart looking file and set your alarm clock – you don’t want to be late!

 

 

During the Interview

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    • Arrive early; no-one likes a late interviewee. Introduce yourself to the receptionist “good morning my name is Mr X, I am have an appointment for an interview with Mrs Y, this morning at 10:00”

 

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    • When asked into the interview, introduce yourself to the interviewer, shake hands and wait to be seated.

 

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    • Have a good induction planned, as a common first interview question is “tell me a little about yourself”

 

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    • Sit up straight, speak clearly and breathe between questions! Lock your hands together if you are nervous as this stops you fidgeting, make good eye contact and ask for any questions you don’t understand to be repeated.

 

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    • Answer questions using stories and real life experiences; prove your knowledge, skills and worth by offering evidence or giving numbers, fact and figures.

 

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    • Smile throughout the interview and offer detailed specific answers, relating to your background and experience – remember to discuss your skills that relate to the job specification.

 

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    • Close the interview by asking the interviewer questions relating to the growth of the company, staff development, new contracts and the company employees.  

 

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    • Thank the interview for their time and shake hands.                                    

 

After the Interview

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    • Review the interview, write a list of what went well; your posture, interview answers, confidence etc. and a second list of what you can improve; speaking more slowly, answering a certain question, eye contact etc.

 

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    • Complete a new mock interview and notice how you have improved with this new learning.

 

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    • Write a thank-you letter to the interviewer indicating your interest within 24 hours of your interview.

 

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    • Prepare references and continue to job search until you have a job offer in writing.

 

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    • If rejected for the position, gain feedback from the interviewer. If offered the job, reply within 10 days.

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