Your interview is so important. Preparation is key! You need to be professional but still come across as personable to the hiring manager.
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- Make sure you know where you are going (exact location)
- Make sure you have planned your transport method, whether you are driving yourself (check your car is good to go and has fuel!) or if you are using public transport, know which taxis/busses to get and from where
- Know the time that you will need to depart home to arrive at least 30 minutes early (possibly more, if using public transport just in case)
- Make sure you have the contact details of your recruiter/the person you are interviewing with in case you need them
- Make sure you have a cell phone with you with airtime, in case you have an unexpected delay and need to inform them
- Make sure you have some money with you, hopefully you will know this in advance but some reserves (if you have a lodge-based interview) may require payment on entry
- Make sure you research the company and know what position you are applying for (research the company by checking their website, social media pages, LinkedIn and Trip advisor reviews)
- Do the Wild Dreams Practice interview questions with a friend or family member (Check them out below)
- Try to think of at least two questions you would like to ask at the interview and write these down
- Make sure a friend/family member knows where you are going and when you will return
- Choose your outfit
- It’s important to look smart for an interview, but also just as important to be comfortable in what you are wearing so choose your outfit carefully
- Outfit suggestions for men – long pants and a plain shirt (a tie is not essential, but if you would like to wear one, of course you can) shoes should be smartish and clean
- Outfit suggestions for women – pants or a skirt, but if a skirt not too short, a plain top of your choice, not too low cut.
- It’s still good to show off your ‘’style’’ in your interview outfit but try and be on the smarter side of what you would normally wear and make the effort!
- Make sure you have had a shower and are smelling fresh
- Make sure your clothes are clean
- Clean teeth (as you should be smiling on arrival!)
- Make sure overall you are neat, clean and presentable
- Choose an outfit you feel confident in!
- Other than a cell phone and some cash you should also have your ID with you
- The place where you are interviewing will already have a copy of your Cv, if you would like to bring a copy with you, then you can, but this isn’t essential
- If you have certificates related to the position, then you can bring these if you would like
- If you are a Chef, you will probably of already submitted a food portfolio, but you could also bring some food images as a portfolio with you
- If you are a guide who has photographic abilities and have a wildlife images portfolio you could bring this as well
- If bringing documents, then make sure you have them well presented in a flip file or similar
- If you have any images/certificates/reference letters that may not have been submitted already but you think they may be asked for or may help your interview then you can also put these onto a USB stick and have this with you, if the employer asks or you feel it’s worth mentioning then they can use the stick to view the images or documents on their computers
- Bring a notebook with any questions you have prepared
- If you know you have a long distance to travel to the interview, make sure you bring some food and water so that you aren’t so hungry on arrival that your stomach growls throughout the interview process
- Make sure you smile at the person who is greeting you and shake their hand, you make be greeted by someone who isn’t the interviewer, such as a receptionist but it’s important you give a good first impression to every single person who you meet at the company so smile and be friendly to all
- When shaking people’s hand, do so firmly (but not too tight or hard)
- Look people in the eye when you meet them
- Smile and stand up tall
- It’s a good idea to turn your cell phone off or on silent now as you don’t want it going off in the interview
- If you need the bathroom before the interview – ask! You don’t want to be uncomfortable throughout the interview
- If you are staying over for a working interview, find out where you can put your belongings, so these aren’t in the way (leave them in the car ideally until you know where to take them)
- Take a deep breath before entering the building or interview room and remind yourself why you are awesome!
- Let the interviewer show you where you should sit, before sitting down
- When you are in the interview sit up tall in your chair
- Try not to look down and look the interviewer in the eyes when talking and listening
- Make sure you listen carefully to everything that is being said
- If there are other staff around or distractions just, try to stay focused
- Think before you answer a question and try to answer it with as much confidence as possible
- Try to keep all of your answers relevant to the industry/position
- Have a couple of questions ready that you want to ask them (this isn’t always possible, as maybe they have answered all of your planned questions in the interview, but if this is the case, then just let them know that they have done this)
- Make sure you are polite and friendly throughout the interview
- When talking about the industry, your past work or the position you are applying for be euthanistic, so they know you are passionate about getting this position
- Thank the interviewer for their time
- Shake their hand
- Look them in the eye
- Let them know you are excited to hear back from them
- Give feedback to the recruiter as soon as you can
- Send a thank you email to be passed on to the employer – we can share your words of thanks to the hiring manager
If you are in a working interview then you will have more time to impress, just remember you will be being watched by not only the employer but the other staff, although this is a scary thought it is your chance to show them why you would be an excellent addition to their team and get to know them.
Work cleanly, be positive, follow the rules and be professional and friendly at all times!
Before attending an interview its important to do as much research on the company before arrival, a good way to do this is to normally look on their website and social media pages, if you are working through a recruiter ask them for as much information about the position and company as possible.
Not all interviews are going to be the same, it’s depends on the company and the position you are applying for but there is a good chance you will be asked some questions in a sit down ‘chat’ with the Manager, Owner or Head of the department.
Here are some examples of potential questions you may get asked, use these as a practice (may ask a friend or family member to pretend to be the interviewer?) and try and think of a good answer for each one, this way you will feel more confident and prepared which will show in the interview and give you a better chance to success!
Good luck for your interview!
Stay calm and smile!
• Tell me about yourself.
• Why did you apply for this job?
• What do you know about our company?
• What would you say are your strengths?
• What would you say are your weaknesses?
• What do you see yourself doing in five years’ time?
• What do you enjoy most in your current (or most recent) job?
• What do you enjoy least in your current (or most recent) job?
• What is your greatest career achievement?
• Why did you choose this as a career?
• Why do you want to leave your current/previous job?
• What single thing would you most like to change about your current job?
• Do you prefer to work alone or with colleagues?
• What other jobs have you applied for recently?
• What is your reaction to criticism?
• Why should we give the job to you?
• In what environment do you work best?
• What are your hobbies?
• Do you have any questions that you would like us to answer?
The STAR method is a guide for how to answer behavioural based questions in an interview, and it helps to effectively show your interviewer how you behave in certain situations.
Its stands for:
Anyone can say that they’re hardworking, responsible or adaptable — but you need to back up your claims with evidence. Instead of listing your qualities and skills tell a specific story about a time you exemplified them. Doing so will make your interview more memorable and give the employer a glimpse into how you behave in the workplace.
First, set up the situation at hand. Give the interviewer a clear (but brief) picture of where your example takes place and what was occurring.
Describe your main task, objective or goal in the situation, and what your responsibilities entailed.
Explain what you did to accomplish your task, and what was significant about the action you chose to carry out. Don’t give a generic overview — it’s worth highlighting any details specific to your action and scenario.
This is the time to not only reveal the result, but share what you learned during the experience and how you might handle it differently.