During the Interview



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The Interview

Interview Tips

Eye Contact

Look people in the eye when talking or listening to them. This will convey that you are confident and honest to the interviewer.

Anticipate Questions, Prepare Answers

Interview questions normally fall into four categories:

  1. You as a person
  2. Your work history, skills, and experience
  3. The company
  4. The job

Through these questions, the interviewer is looking for an insight into your personality. Why are you leaving your current job? What do you know about the company and do you have the skills to fulfill the job specification? Put yourself in their shoes. What would you ask? Brainstorm your answers with your LTS Recruiter.

Don’t be Coy, Sell Your Skills

An interviewer will often see many candidates in a day. The one he or she remembers is the one who had something interesting to say. So write down what you consider to be your skills, strengths, achievements, and the areas where there’s room for improvement.

Tell a Story!

Explain a situation in which your skills played a valuable role in winning a client, solving a problem, or implementing business best practices. Citing a specific example of how you applied your strengths will make you more memorable after the interview is over and will make you stand out against other candidates. If you have spent time considering what you have to offer, you will feel more comfortable presenting these strengths to your prospective employer. 

Be Prepared, They May Want More

Make sure you can expand on all of your answers. Your resume may well provide them with all the information they need – but the interviewer needs to measure your communications skills. However, make sure the additions to your answers add value. Don’t be long winded just for the sake of it. 

Need To Present? Practice Your Preaching

If you’re asked to make a presentation, keep the content short and simple. If you have been asked to present for 15 minutes, make sure you have not completed it in five, or that you’re still talking after half an hour. Role-play your presentation a few times in front of the mirror – this will help you get your timing right. 

Take Notes, Get Noticed

Don’t be afraid to take notes. Not only does this look professional, but jotting down your interviewer’s answers could come in useful as a reminder of important points if you’re called to a second interview. Moreover, noting the job’s benefits could help in your own decision making if you have one or more job offers.

Do NOT Talk About Money on the Interview

Whomever brings up money first; loses. Do not discuss salary, unless you are asked, directly of course. Otherwise, if you earn too little or too much you’ll have ruled yourself out before you even reach the door.

Interview Challenges

Know your weaknesses and be prepared to answer tough questions during your interview. For example, if you do not have as sufficient experience as compared to other candidates or have timing gaps in your experience, be prepared for questions in these areas. Do not panic. You should have your answers prepared in advance and do your best to accentuate your positive attributes when responding. In answering challenging questions, you should always turn the focus to positive examples from your past.

Sell Yourself

Although a large part of the interview is about how you present your personality, you must also be able to highlight the qualities that explain why you will be an asset to the company and why you are ultimately the best choice for the position. Tell the interviewer what you have to offer them. Don’t be shy! This is your time to shine!

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