Interview Tips

Job searching techniques change, the labour market changes and job descriptions change. What remains constant is the interview.

THE THREE Ps – PREPARE, PRACTICE AND PERFORM – Guideline for Interviews

At Tiger, we understand that even the best in the market can find the interview process difficult. Hence, we have dedicated a page to offer guidance on how we advise our contacts to prepare for interviews.

Job searching techniques change, the labour market changes and job descriptions change. What remains constant is the interview. It’s your opportunity to sell yourself. The first 30 seconds of a job interview are the most important, so if you want to be the outstanding candidate you need to be ready to impress.

Rob Yeung, a business psychologist, maintains that an interview is all about the three Ps. “You need to prepare, you need to practise, and then, on the day, you need to perform.”

Here are 10 tips for interview success.

Ensure you are dressed appropriately for the interview, greet your interviewer with a smile, a firm handshake and make good eye contact. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room. You have to sell yourself before you can sell anything else and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about whether they like you or not and whether you will fit into their team

Know your CV and the job description TIGER Technical have provided you with. Do your research thoroughly, by looking at the company web site and obtaining literature. You may be asked about your salary expectations so make sure you research that too.

Answer questions properly. If you need a few moments to collect your thoughts, take them. It’s better to take a minute to think about your answer, rather than speaking instantly and regretting it afterwards.

Most job adverts will list qualities the company are looking for, whether that be a team worker or a good communicator, for example. It’s up to you to think of examples of how you can demonstrate these attributes. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Have at least three personal strengths that you can relate to the company and the job on offer.
Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you. Being negative about people that you have or do work with, will not give a good impression. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.
Quite often it’s not what you say, but how you say it. During an interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor. Sit upright, maintain good eye contact, use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people find it difficult to think and control their body language at the same time, which is why it’s important to prepare.
Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard. It’s impossible to plan for every difficult question, such as “How would your colleagues describe you?”, but try to appear relaxed and in control. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary, but do not avoid it.
Show energy, a sense of humour and smile. It’s infectious, being positive and enthusiastic. Ask your interviewer questions about themselves and any issues the business is facing.
If you are uncertain of what is meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. When the interview is drawing to an end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he or she needs to know. Do not be afraid to ask for feedback and when you are likely to hear if you have been successful or not.
It is better to choose than to be chosen. Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and job opportunity. Ask them for a business card and follow the interview up with a “thank you” e-mail or letter. Explain how much you enjoyed meeting them and express how interested you are. Take the opportunity to detail the key advantages you bring.