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  • Service: Advisory, Management Consulting, Executive Search & Selection
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 20/09/2013

Careers Corner: Interview tips 

Preparation:

  • Study the employer’s literature; most companies have a website or a company brochure.
  • Find out as much information as possible about the position before the interview.
  • If you know somebody who works there or who has worked there, ask them about the company culture, philosophies and structure.
  • Read through your CV or application form before the interview, as the interviewer is likely to base their questions on the information you have given.
  • It may be helpful to be up-to-date with current affairs, so listen to the news.
  • Draw up a list of your strengths and weaknesses in relation to the job.
  • Ensure that you can describe yourself and your experiences in and out of work—be prepared to give examples of occasions when you showed or used particular skills, knowledge and attributes relevant to the position.
  • Dress appropriately. You should portray an image of professionalism, confidence and competence.
  • Give yourself ample travel time to get there

During the Interview:

  • You are being assessed from the moment you walk into the company. Your attitude should be that of someone who believes they have something to offer, who knows what it is and is going to convey this information to the interviewer.
  • You should project a quiet confidence in yourself and in your suitability for the job.
  • When asked a question, pause to compose a concise and relevant answer.
  • Be alert and aware throughout the interview. Recognise your non-verbal signals such as eye contact, facial expression, and gestures. A good firm handshake is necessary.
  • Speak clearly and listen closely.
  • Volunteer information and elaborate on an issue if prompted by the interviewer.
  • Don't make assumptions about the way you should respond. If you try to guess what the interviewers are looking for, you may be wrong. It is usually best to be yourself, and respond honestly. Remember that it's not in your interests to get a job to which you are not well suited.
  • If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification.