The 3 P’s for interview success

A job interview is the culmination of your job search and CV submission activity and in itself represents success! You’ve navigated the initial screening process and this potential employer has seen something in your experience and skill set to take the time to meet with you. They have undoubtedly rejected other applications but wish to find out more about you.
Interviews can be very daunting for job seekers so we’ve put together the 3 ‘P’s that will help you shape the interview itself and get the best outcome possible.

  1. Prepare:

    Like any exam, the more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be and a more relaxed disposition with ensure a more controlled and confident delivery. Here’s how to best prepare:
    • Do background research on the company (e.g. google search, press articles, social media channels, competitor research etc)
    • Research the interviewer - find out who is interviewing you and their job titles. Google their names and search for them on networking sites. Common history, qualifications and even interests can serve as ice breakers
    • Research the job role – review the role profile in detail to identify the key competencies and roles & responsibilities 
    • Prepare answers – prepare answers to common competency based interview questions and have ready clear examples of how your experience relates to the competencies and skills required for the role
  2. Practice:
    • Practice the delivery of your prepared answers
    • Have someone help you with a mock interview  to practice responses to difficult questions
  3. Presentation:
    • Be personable and keep a professional persona during the interview
    • Engage your interviewer by making appropriate eye contact and listening carefully to the questions being asked.
    • Respond clearly and concisely and mind your body language which plays a major role in communication

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