Top 3 Tips To Improve Interview Performance

No one is born with great interview skills. Highly effective interviewees develop their skills through practice and preparation. One of the keys to success is to know what things to prepare before the interview. Failure to know what to focus on before the interview often leads to people preparing the wrong things. This can actually harm your performance. Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative – New Zealand’s affordable recruitment agency:

Interview Tips #1 –  Preparing Your Answers

The key to preparation is knowing that all employers will want to know about you. Such as:

  • Do you have the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job?
  • Are you the sort of person they can work with? In other words, what sort of person are you like at work?
  • What are your motivation levels like? What are your motivators and de-motivators?

Preparing answers to these questions means that you will be able to answer virtually any question put to you! No more having to wade through hundreds of practice questions. Rehearse your answers aloud before the interview – it’s one thing to know what to say quite another to say it fluently. Remember: how you say things at an interview is just as important as what you say.

Interview Tips #2 – Research Preparation

Do not just focus on the specific skills that relate to the job you’re going for. You must also prepare answers to the generic competencies. These include planning and organising skills, communication skills, customer service skills, teamwork, coping with change and conflict resolution skills.

By researching the organisation, you are interviewing with, you can relate your prior experience to their business. Demonstrating at an interview that you’ve done a little research never fails to impress the interviewer. Prepare specific examples of what you’ve achieved and how you’ve achieved it. Do the same when you’re preparing answers about your personal attributes and motivators and de-motivators.

Interview Tip #3 – Ask Questions

Prepare some questions to ask in the interview but avoid asking too many questions at the end of the interview. Interviewers generally appreciate inciteful relevant questions.

It’s very handy to have a short summary statement highlighting your strengths up your sleeve. You can use this at the end of an interview as a final flourish – good endings at interviews are extremely important.

For more tips and career advice head to our ‘job seeker help centre’. Also to view all our current job listings, check out our ‘jobs board’. The Recruitment Alternative provides low-cost recruitment services to small businesses and operates throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Questions To Ask During Interview

Interviews are very much a two-way street. Your potential employer is asking you questions to learn about you, your skills and experience. It is equally important to find out if the role is a good fit for you too. Preparing questions to ask your potential employer about the position and the company, will not only provide insight but help you to stand out from the crowd by engaging with the employer and displaying interest.

Your opportunity to ask questions typically comes at the end of the interview. It would be best to have at least two or three questions prepared that demonstrate your interest in the position, your drive to succeed in the role, and the fact that you’ve done some research on the company or industry etc. Try to avoid closed questions which result in ‘yes or no’ answers. Open-ended questions allow you the opportunity to find out more about the employer, engage and build a rapport in a short space of time.

Here are The Recruitment Alternative’s top five suggested questions to ask during an interview:

1 – Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?

2 – What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

3 – What is the typical career path for someone in this role?

4 – Could you describe the company culture and dynamics?

5 – What are the next steps in the interview process?

For further tips and advice heard over to The Recruitment Alternative’s job seeker help center by clicking here. While you’re there check out the position we have listed on our jobs board. We are currently recruiting across New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Sales and IT – just to name a few! As a generalist recruitment agency, we offer affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.