Interviews can be nerve-racking, and can take place in a variety of different styles. Ensure that you are well prepared for your interview and practice beforehand with perhaps a family member or friend. Find out as much as you can about the company – i.e. turnover, other business in addition to core business, culture etc. and also about the position you have applied for. The more you prepare, the calmer you will be which will enhance your performance in the interview.
What Influences the Interviewer
The more you know about how you will be perceived, the more you can prepare. From a survey of recruiters the qualities which influenced them were, in priority order:
Types of Interview
Interviews can take place in a variety of formats. Make sure you know what kind of interview you will be having. For a telephone interview make sure you have your CV to hand, you are free from distractions, you have a pen and paper handy and also your diary. A panel interview will involve being interviewed by several people. Address your answers to the chairperson unless you are asked a question by another member of the panel. Anassessment centre can involve a wide range of tests and exercises – group exercises, psychometric tests for example. The interviewer will be looking for personality traits and how you relate to others.