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  • Writer's pictureVicky Blake

How to nail that interview!

Updated: Jan 18, 2023

Hello friend,

Heading for an interview? Are you prepared?

There is nothing worse than walking into a situation unprepared – and walking into an interview unprepared is frankly, foolhardy.

Research, research, and research some more!

Put your cyber stalky skills to the test, once you know the name of the interviewer(s), check them out online - LinkedIn particularly - and don’t worry that they’ll see you’re looking at their profile…that’s actually a tick from their perspective!

Same goes for the company you are interviewing for. In an ideal world, you would have done this step before even applying to make sure your values align, if you did…well done you! Either way, do it again to get that detail….you want to know the company history, any big wins, what their culture is like…team building on Waiheke anyone?

The other key is interview q’s prep. We all know the standard behavioural questions that you’ll be asked, so really just put some work into thinking about those answers and you’ll fly through the interview.

  • Tell us about yourself?

  • What do you know about us?

  • Why are you interested in this opportunity?

  • What can you bring to the job?

  • Best achievement?

  • Biggest challenge you’ve face in business and how you overcame it?

  • Things you should work on?

  • What motivates you?

  • How do you deal with difficult people?

  • Why should we hire you?

Get those answers down pat and always aligned to the job|company that you are interviewing for!

Something else that I tell my candidates is that interviews are a 2-way road – it’s a conversation team, not a test designed to trip you up.

Have you own questions. (do NOT even think about asking about perks…!)

  • Why do people like to work here?

  • What are the future plans for the business?

  • What are the biggest challenges of this role?

  • What does a typical day look like?

Don’t. Be. Late! There’s no excuse and its hard to recover from. Get that location in your Google Maps, suss out nearby parking, and ideally do a drive-by so you know exactly where you’re heading.

Remember to thank your interviewer(s) for their time when you leave. If it turns out you’re not for them, or vice versa…its still a networking opportunity.

First and last impressions count. Go get em!

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