An interview is your opportunity to sell yourself and to find out more about the assignment. How you interview often depends on a number of factors, nevertheless there are some basic rules.
Know your CV fully. Be able to answer/refer to any points covered in it without having to refer back to a paper copy.
STANDARD INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
There are a number of standard interview questions. Be ready for them. These can include:
- Why do you want this position?
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- What do you like/dislike about your current role?
- Why are you looking for a new position?
- What has been the biggest challenge in your career to date?
- What has been your greatest achievement to date?
- How would your friends/colleagues describe you?
- What is your plan for the next 2-5 years?
USUAL INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUES
Think about why you are being interviewed and what they are trying to find out about you. For instance, one of the client’s prime concern is to ensure that you would fit in with the company culture and that you are of suitable character. The hiring manager will normally see their own profile as a standard fit within their company and culture. Match and mirror their personality. If they seem relaxed and methodical, then you too should also be relaxed and methodical, if they come across with a certain amount of urgency then you should too etc.
The manager who is interviewing you will also want to make sure that your skills and experiences are relevant to ascertain if you can technically do the job and that you will fit in with the team. The skills and experience he/she will be quizzing you on will be listed in the spec provided by Vertex. Make sure your knowledge here is fresh in your mind.
Always aim to arrive 15 minutes early.
DRESS TO IMPRESS
First impressions count so unless told otherwise always wear business suit.
MEETING THE INTERVIEWER(S)
On meeting your interviewer, be enthusiastic and polite. Maintain eye contact at all times. If there are several interviewers, make sure you look at each one. Try not to be unsettled if one person appears to be there solely to observe you. Mimic the interviewer. If they are formal, be formal. If they are informal, be informal. Smile – show that you are enjoying the interview and that it is not stressful or an unwelcome task.
If you do not understand a question, don’t guess or hope that your response is the correct one!!!! Ask them to explain further. If you do not know something – tell them you do not know and explain how you would go about finding the answer.
TAKE YOUR TIME IN ANSWERING QUESTIONS
Answering questions is where people suffer the most from nervousness. Take a deep breath and take your time. A natural reaction is to rush the answer. This is where a lot of interviewees loose the job. DO NOT RUSH YOUR ANSWER. This is your time take advantage of it. Before you answer, THINK. It is better to take your time and give an exemplary answer after reasoning about the question then rushing through with a wrong answer.
When being questioned on your skills and experiences try to answer with identical or similar examples that you have experienced previously in your career. This will show that you have the experience and that you understand the question.
DON’T TALK TOO MUCH
The communication should be fairly even between interviewer and interviewee. Many candidates are not successful for being too verbose. The answer should be descriptive but to the point. Reframe from digressing. Stay focused on each individual question.
This will make you appear interested as well as allow you to find out more about the project.
Questions should only be assignment/project specific.
Your last question should always be ‘Do you have any reservations with me?’ This will give to opportunity to relay any fears the interviewer has with you and confirm to him/her that you are the right candidate for the role.
At the end of the interview, ask the interviewer how they felt it went and when you can expect to hear from them. You should also let them know you are interested in the role and thank them for their time.
These notes are simple but if adhered to will increase your chances of securing the role. If in interview, you decide the role is not what you require, continue as normal and be professional. Walking out or giving negative feedback about the role to the interviewer could prevent you for from getting another role at a later date.