How ready are you for your Interview? by Alison Benson | Jul 29, 2019 Welcome to: How ready are you for your Interview? Your Name Your email address 1. Your job interview is scheduled for 9 a.m. What time, ideally, should you arrive? 30 minutes before the interview begins 45 minutes before the interview begins 15 minutes before the interview begins 2. When preparing for the interview, how many questions should you plan to ask the person interviewing you? None. The focus of the interview is on you answering questions, not asking them. At least a few. Show you are interested and knowledgeable about the position and organization. Bring a list of 20 questions and don’t leave until you get them all answered. 3. What is the best way to greet the person interviewing you? A hesitant wave from a distance of 15 feet A hug and a kiss on the cheek, just as you would greet a close relative A firm handshake 4. You’re driving to an interview and find yourself stuck in traffic so you are going to be late. Do you: Turn around and go home – This is not a great first impression so don’t waste their time Carry on and hopefully they will understand you got stuck Pull over to one side and safely ring ahead to apologise and ask if you can still continue? 5. If someone asks you why you’re looking for work, what should you NOT say? "I'm looking for a new challenge" "My old boss was a complete idiot" "I think this job is right for me based on my experience" 6. You’re in the interview and your phone rings. Do you: Apologise and turn your phone off without answering it? Answer it and tell the person you are busy and will phone them back? Leave it to ring and pretend it isn’t yours? 7. You’re asked the question “tell me about yourself”. What do you tell them: I was born in 1990 and went to primary school where I met by best friend. Where do you want me to start? About your recent achievements and interests relevant to the job. 8. At the interview one of the first questions is “why have you applied to us?” Do you say: Why not? Having read your website, I was really interested in your up and coming projects and developments in….? My friend applied and said it was a great place to work at? 9. You’re asked a tricky question and struggle to come up with the answer straight away. Do you: Say the first thing that comes in to your head and hope the interviewer can make sense of it? Ask if you can have a few minutes to think about the question? Tell the interviewer you are struggling and ask them to move to the next question? 10. What should you do to overcome nervousness? Relax, take a deep breath and remember why you are here and that you got it Picture everyone naked – I’m sure that will help? Initiate small talk with the other candidates or other staff members around?