This is essential. Spend time researching the organization you are
visiting, from exact location to website and newspaper research. Ensure you
know what to expect of the interview, including the exact name(s) of those you
will be meeting, the format and possible length of the interview.
Spend 30 minutes reviewing your experience and its relevance to the position
description. Refresh your memory regarding details of your work history and
specific achievements. You will be expected to know a lot about a company for
which you have previously worked.
Dressing for the Interview
Dress appropriately, paying attention to all facets of
grooming. Research indicates that first impressions count. Generally,
this means smart, office attire.
At the Interview
Arrive a few minutes early. Be polite to everyone you meet. When
greeting the interviewer, shake hands firmly. Smile and look your
interviewer in the eye. Sit upright and look alert and interested at all
times. Be a good listener as well as a good talker.
Expect some standard and job-specific interview questions and be prepared
with a few of your own. Additionally, your consultant can provide you with
a more comprehensive list of possible questions you will be asked.
- Don’t be late
- Don’t exaggerate or embellish answers
- Don’t criticize present or former employers
- Don’t stray off the point
- Don’t interrupt the interviewer
- Don’t inquire about salary or time off
Closing the interview
Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are
discussing. If you are interested in the position, make sure you let the
interviewer know. Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration
After the interview
Learn from any mistakes—make a list of questions you answered well and those
you answered poorly, thinking about how you could have answered
differently. Call your Hudson consultant with feedback and to find out
Here are examples of probing questions you might ask:
- What would a normal day in this role look like?
- Why is the position available?
- How would you describe your organizational culture?
- What induction and training programs does the organization offer?
- What sort of people have done well in this team/organization?
- How is the company positioned against its competitors?
- What is your vision for the future? What are the plans, if any, for growth
- What are the three things that would make someone an outstanding success
in this role?
- How well do you think I match the requirements of the role?
- What is the next step in the process?