Preparing for an Interview
If you have managed to secure an interview for your ideal job in IT, then all the preparation you put into your CV has paid off. The next step is to sell yourself face-to-face with your potential employer.
In order to perform as well as you can during your interview, and to ensure you get as much out of it as you possibly can, some basic preparation is required. If you follow these steps, you will also feel more confident going into your interview.
Interview Tip 1 – Research the Business
Take a look at their website, news articles and business reports. There is an extremely high chance that you will be asked specific questions about the business, so it makes sense to have some background knowledge on who they are, what they offer, and even what they have achieved over the past year or so. Show a real interest in the firm.
Interview Tip 2 – Practice Potential Questions
There are common questions that are regularly used in some way or another in most interviews. The format may change slightly, but it makes sense to have an idea about what you want to say, and how you want it to come across. Prepare to answer questions about your personal skills, life achievements, strengths, weaknesses and why you want the job.
Interview tip 3 – Dress to Impress
Don’t judge a book by its cover? Unfortunately the chances are you are already being judged before you even open your mouth, so your overall appearance will play a big part in the interview process. Be smart, be confident and you are sure to make a great first impression. If in doubt, it is always better to dress too smart than not smart enough.
Interview Tip 4 – Control your nerves
Planning ahead should prepare you mentally, but there is no denying that as your interview date approaches, your nerves will start to build up. Control these nerves through thorough preparation for your interview. Know what you are going to wear in advance. Plan out your route, giving yourself extra time in the event of transport issues. Focus on the positives and remember that your interviewers are not there to crush your spirits, they want to find new talent. They are simply looking for strong, confident candidates.
Interview Tip 5 – Prepare Your Questions
There will be information that you require in terms of salary, location, etc. Remember that every interview is a two-way process, so prepare these questions in advance. Go beyond preparing questions about salary and benefits, and ask questions that show that you are interested about where the company is going. This will also demonstrate your interest in the firm, so even if you have no questions to be answered, try to think of some!
To give you a helping hand, we have put together a list of some of the most commonly asked questions at an interview. It would be beneficial to familiarise yourself with these questions to help prepare for your interview. You should also compile your own list of additional questions.
Questions You May be Asked at an Interview
- Tell me about yourself
- How do you handle working under pressure?
- Why do you want to work with us?
- What do you know about our business?
- Why are you looking for a new career?
- Where would you like to be in two to five years?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What do you excel at?
- What can you offer to our company?
- Why should we hire you?
- What is your greatest achievement to date?
- What type of working environment do you prefer?
- What kind of people do you like working with?
- What are you interests outside of work?
- What do you do in your spare time?