Prep it up
Before the interview, find out as much as you can about your potential employer, their products and services, their clients competitors and locations. Your recruitment Consultant will be able to help you with this. Viewing a corporate brochure or a company’s website can give you the information you need.
Be prepared to talk about specifics. Before the interview, ensure that you armed with all facts and details. Any achievements mentioned on your CV will need to be expanded on. For instance, it is not enough for you to say you exceeded your sales targets, the interviewer will probably want to know how, when, which clients and how much. It is very important that your CV reflects what you have to say.
Suits You Sir
Appearances are very important in this part of the world. It is sensible to dress conservatively and pay attention to small details – Shoes, tie, and well-pressed clothes. Ladies should take care to avoid excessive jewelry, bright colours and over-printed clothes. Also, the less skin you bare the better. In short, avoid anything distracting.
Hold the cliché
Try to answer honestly and originally, rather than trotting out old lines that the interviewer has probably heard too many times before.
While a firm handshake and eye contact are important, try not to leave behind bruised knuckles or double vision. Be aware of the interviewer’s body language – yawning, drooping eyelids, or staring into space may be signs that you need to recapture the interviewer’s attention.
The most important factors to keep in mind are what you say and how you say it. Listen to the questions and answer them appropriately and relevantly, giving tangible examples wherever possible.
Whilst it’s a good idea to show interest in the company and prove that you have done some research, a first interview is not the best time to bombard the interviewer with questions about perks or compensations. Wait your turn to negotiate at a later level.
Whatever your feelings about the interviewer, the company or the job, try to be keen right up until you say goodbye. Even if you have doubts about your own performance at the interview, maintain a positive attitude, smile and thank the interviewer for meeting with you.
You could ask the interviewer about the people who have held the position in the past and what made them succeed or fail. Also, finding out about their management and leadership style is a positive inquiry.
Your recruiter will follow up on your interview performance and keep you posted on further developments. Do not bother the client for a response.