In preparing for your job interview, how often have you been told that preparation is vital, with the aim of leaving the right impression for your prospective employer. Your behaviour and interview etiquette plays a huge part to your success. Remember the 3 P’s – preparation, practice and presentation. Here are tips for interview etiquette, outlined by a major graduate recruiter who recently facilitated an interview skills workshop:
– Arriving late – top of the list, closely follow by…
– Having your phone on during an interview. What’s a thousand times worse than that? Answering it if it rings!!
– Arriving too early
– Putting no effort into how you look
– Showing no interest or being unprepared
– Make a concerted effort for your first impression
– Thank the interviewers for the opportunity
– Suit up! (dress appropriately)
– Arrive 5-10 minutes early
– Call if you’re running late
– Be present
Do I have to answer this question?
The interviewer would focus their questions based on the skills, experience and competencies required for the job. However, be prepared to handle unusual questions such as fantasy questions where employers are just interested to hear how you communicate (no right or wrong answer) e.g. If you were left on a deserted island how would you survive? Then there may be difficult ones you think are discriminatory. e.g. Are you planning to have children in the future? Are you aware that the law in NZ for employment (Human Rights Act 1993) prohibits discrimination in 13 things. These include: age, disability, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs, ethical beliefs, colour, race, ethnic or national origins, employment status, family status, sexual orientation and marital status.
Job interview questions to be avoided: http://www.hrc.co.nz/2008/job-interview-questions-to-be-avoided
Getting a Job: http://www.hrc.co.nz/hrc_new/hrc/cms/files/documents/31-Jul-2008_21-34-42_A-Z_Pre-employment_Guide.pdf