Interview Techniques

Plan ahead for the interview and remember that the company has called YOU in because they think you can do the job.
Impress your Interviewer by the following……
What do you know about the company?
Some companies may send out company information with the invitation for interview. If you do receive this, ensure you read it before the interview as you may be asked questions concerning your knowledge of the company.
If you do not receive an information pack, telephone the company and ask them to send you some literature. Alternately, you could visit your local Library or the company's web site on the Internet.
When you have gathered all the relevant information, it is a good idea to make some notes to take along to the interview. This will impress the company as it proves you have shown an interest in them.
How will you get there and how long will it take you?
If you are going to travel by car, plan your route in advance and find out where you can park. It may be a good idea to do a dummy run the day before, in traffic. This will ensure you allow enough time to get there.
If necessary ask the employer for directions, bus or train routes or details of parking.
What are you going to wear?
Plan your outfit a couple of days before. This will save you worrying about what to wear on the day. Dress professionally - darker colors are very smart and can be more effective. Always ensure that your shoes are polished!
Have you thought about questions you would like to ask at the interview or what the interviewer may ask you?
Make a list of all the questions you want to ask at the interview. For example, you may want to ask about the training you will be given, promotional prospects, makeup of the department or what would be involved in a typical day.
Never ask about the salary unless the interviewer asks you. Holidays and sick pay should not be mentioned either as you want to show you are interested in the company and not just the benefits. These will be discussed at the final interview.
What relevant experience do you have?
Read through your CV before the interview and match your experience against the job specification. Highlight the similarities, as there will be some tasks that you have experienced in the past. You could also take certificates or examples of your work along with you, as these demonstrate your capabilities.
Have you got the following to take with you?
·        A copy of the advertisement
·        Your CV
·        The letter inviting you to attend interview
·        Notes you have made on the company along with the question you want to ask
·        Examples of your work, if applicable
·        Any company information you have gathered
First impressions are very important. If you have the opportunity to chat to the Receptionist on arrival, do. This will calm your nerves and take your mind off the interview. Afterwards, the interviewer may ask the Receptionist for their opinion of you.
Here are some tips to help you in your interview
·        Stand up confidently, smile and shake the interviewers hand when he / she greets you.
·        Sit up straight in the chair and do not slouch or fidget.
·        Make good eye contact with the interviewer throughout the interview.
·        Listen to the interviewer.
·        Show interest in the company and ask questions, especially is there is something you don't understand.
·        Avoid 'yes' and 'no' answers. Always answer the questions in full and try to give examples where possible.
·        Sell yourself - don't be afraid to tell the interviewer about your strengths.
·        Ask the interviewer if they would like to see examples of your work or certificates.
·        Never criticize your past employers.
·        Always tell the truth!
If you like what you see at the interview let the interviewer know. Tell them that you like the sound of the job and would like to know what the next stage is. Remember you only get one opportunity to sell yourself!
Good luck !