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Interview Success with Key Training

How to be successful before, during and after a job interview

Key Training Limited

on 17 February 2014

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Transcript of Interview Success with Key Training

On the Day of the Interview
Why do Employers do Interviews?
To check your personal presentation
To see what sort of personality you have
To see how well you communicate in person
To see how confident you are
To get you to talk about your application (you could have made things up or got someone else to complete it for you)
To check out your understanding of the job you are applying for
To see if you will fit into the existing team
To see if you are enthusiastic about the job
to give you a chance to look round the workplace to see if you will fit in
To give you a chance to ask questions
Are there different Types of Interviews
Interview Success
How to be successful before, during and after a job interview
Think carefully about what is really important to know and write this down

There is a good chance that most of your questions will be covered during the interview but if they are not then this is your opportunity to get the information you require

Take your written questions with you to the interview, then when you are asked if you have any questions you can check your questions to see what has not been covered. This shows the interviewer that you have prepared well and are organised and interested

If all your questions have been covered then you response should be "I did have some questions prepared but you have covered everything, thank you"
how to Answer questions
Asking questions
what should I prepare
The night before
if you have a cigarette beforehand - dispose of the stub responsibly and use a breath freshener
Don't chew gum during the interview and remember to dispose of it responsibly
Attending an interview can be a very scary experience but with a bit of forward planning you can make things a lot easier

Prepare in good time for the interview.

DO NOT LEAVE EVERYTHING TO THE LAST MINUTE as this may make you feel stressed and then you will not come across well at interview
Do you know anyone who works for them - ask them questions

Have they been in the news recently - make sure you are aware of this

Learn as much as possible about the company,use the internet to research:
product knowledge

They could ask you anything or nothing....but you must be prepared
Research the Company
You have been invited to attend an interview for a job

First impressions count - be aware that you may be observed by staff before your interview actually begins so behave in a professional manner from the moment you arrive at the venue
don't sit down until asked

don't fidget in your seat

don't interrupt the interviewer

don't talk about other jobs or training courses you have applied for

don't bad mouth you previous employer
There are several common types of job interviews.

You will definitely want to inquire what type of job interview you will be going on beforehand so you can best prepare for it.

Don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter what type of job interview will be conducted, as you will have a better chance of success if you know and can prepare correctly
WHAT preparation
You should always look clean and smart. This shows that you have made an effort for the interview because you really want the job. Even if the actual job is one where you don't have to wear smart clothes you should still make an effort for the interview.
Make sure you have:
clean and ironed clothes
clean and polished shoes [NO TRAINERS]
a bath or shower
use deodorant [being nervous can make you sweat]
clean hair which is not covering your face - if that is your usual style, clip it back for the interview
Personal Presentation
Make sure you know exactly where the interview is being held (sometimes it can be at a different venue from where the company is based so make sure you check your offer letter carefully)
NEVER BE LATE FOR AN INTERVIEW Always plane to be 15 minutes early as this allows for traffic jams, not being able to park, late buses of getting lost
if using public transport research timetables and check that you have the money for your fare
make sure you have money for your fare
if driving or getting a lift it may be wise to do a practice journey to make sure you know exactly how long it takes and make make sure you have petrol in the car
Travel Arrangements

For Girls
don't wear too much makeup or fake tan
don't wear over the top accessories
don't have too much flesh on show
For Boys
make sure you have a shave and don't be too heavy handed with the aftershave or hair products
You should spend time preparing answers to the questions you may be asked during the interview.

Although you do not know in advance what questions you will be asked you can prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions

think carefully about how you are going to answer any potentially awkward questions so you don't appear evasive during the interview

write down your answers and then practice them with friends or family to build your confidence
What questions should I ask
what should I take with me
You should take time the night before to double check everything - doing this will give you time to deal with any issues that may crop up

double check that your chosen interview outfit is clean, ironed and hanging up ready to put on in the morning including your shoes

Re-read any paperwork you have to double check you have the right date, time and venue

review your questions and answers

check you have everything ready to take with you

make sure you set your alarm and have a back up in case it does not go off
To show you are really organised collect together the following items and keep them in a folder. This can then be conveniently taken to any interview
Correspondence about the interview
Copy of your CV or Application form
List of prepared questions
Sit upright in the chair with your hands in your lap

listen to the questions carefully and don't be afraid to ask for clarification if you don't understand a question

admit if you don't know something

show interest and enthusiasm

keep your answers to the point - don't waffle
THINGS not to do
during the interview
Thank the interviewer for their time and shake hands

You should clarify what will happen next:
how will you be informed of the outcome of the interview - by post/email/phone
when will you be informed
if you are successful when will you be expected to start the job
if you are not successful will you receive any feedback on your interview performance

Remember even when the main part of the interview is over you will still be observed until you leave the building so your behaviour should remain professional
after the interview
Turn your mobile phone
off as soon
as you arrive
shake hands

Make eye contact
get up early to allow plenty of time to get organised

check if there are any issues with public transport on your route

arrive 10 minutes early
for examples of commonly asked interview questions click the pencil
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