Job Interview FAQs
Common Job Interview Queries
10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview.
This will allow you to check in and make yourself known as well as giving you a chance to relax before everything starts.
Any earlier could be a disruption as the people you are meeting may not be ready for you.
What if I'm going to be late?
Pick up the phone and let them know.
It may seem scary but remember that we are all humans and most companies will be understanding as long as you tell them in advance so they can adapt or reschedule if necessary.
- Think about why you were invited for the interview – You must have the right skills or something about you to have got to this point so reflect on this and think about what you can bring to the company.
- Rehearse– You might not know exactly what the interviewers are going to ask you but you can rehearse all the important things that you’d like to say beforehand regarding your skills and experience.
- Breathe – Your heart rate will be fairly high so try learning some breathing exercises which can help clear your mind and slow your heart rate.
- Eat right – Avoid foods that linger on the breath or make you feel bloated, drinking the night before should probably be avoided too.
- Exercise – Even something as simple as a good walk or run can help get your head into gear for the day.
- Sleep well – It’s not just about getting rest the night before, think about the week before so your body has chance to get into a good cycle.
- Prepare what you will wear to the job interview– Once you have this sorted out, you can tick it off the list and feel more in control of the situation.
When deciding on your outfit see if it ticks these boxes:
Is it presentable?
- make sure you look fresh and clean
- use subtle fragrance as you’re likely to be in a small room with your interviewers
Does it fit?
- A suit is a nice, safe bet for almost any interview, in almost any industry, at almost any level.
- The most important factor of wearing something that's professional and fits is that you'll feel more confident.
Does it work with their culture?
- Different businesses have their own expectations so do your research. Talk to people, look at the company website, and look at the job description.
- Believe it or not, there are businesses that still exist that require female employees to wear a make-up, skirts and heels and don’t allow men to have facial hair or enter the office without a jacket. If you want to work in this environment, you need to play by their rules.
An interview is a two-way street.
Naturally your potential employer will want to find out whether you are a good match for the company, however, it is equally important for you to figure out whether they are a good match for you.
Asking questions will also help you look prepared and interested in the opportunity, which, let’s face it, never hurts.
- What is important for you in a working relationship?
- What has and hasn’t worked for you in the past?
- Think about things like culture, management styles, benefits or even working hours.
Some standard questions:
- Could you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
- What does a typical day look like?
- What qualities do the best employees in this role have?
- What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days/60 days/1 year?
We’ve all heard of the dodgy excuses (calling in sick or a goldfish dying) but what if you want to be a little subtler? We’ve found some alternative methods:
Not taking time off
It is more than understandable to enquire if your potential employer can meet you before or after typical work hours.
Take a holiday
If the interview can only take place during working hours you may need to consider taking a holiday.
You won’t need to worry about timing, dress code, etc. or even explaining what you've been up to on your day(s) off.
One of a company’s most painful problems is turnover of staff as it takes a lot of time, money and resources.
Your manager may offer you a solution to your needs, concerns or uncertainties in your current role which means you no longer wish to leave.
It may sound cliche but as long as you are yourself everything will be alright, we just want to make sure that we share the same values and are right for each other.
We recommend a business casual dress code for assessment days and interviews.
Questions will help both of us make sure that the opportunity we are offering is definitely right for you and your future.
- Do a dry run to the place you’ll have your interview – make sure you know the roads, the transport routes and potential disruptions before the day arrives.
- Preparation for your interview up front should help combat nerves.
- Ensure you're clean and smelling fresh.
- Try your outfit on at least a day in advance.
- Do your research and if you’re not sure: ask.
- Interviews are a two way street.