It comes to Day 2 and today we are going to continue with tips on a job interview.

Tip # 3 – Company

Do your background research on the company, its industry and culture. It will only take about 10-20 minutes of your time. At the interview stage, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions. You need to demonstrate that you have knowledge about the company by asking smart questions.

Ask questions about the industry the company is in. For example, if the company is in the agriculture industry, maybe there are new laws and regulations coming into force that could impact the company.

A question could be: ‘I was reading up on the new regulations (state them) which are due to come into force. How will these affect the company?’

The question shows that you are intelligent, know current events and care about your future with the company (you have long-term goals to be with the company). Interviewers will admire you for your sharp insight.

You can then ask basic questions about company culture and job (shift patterns, training etc).

You need to keep questions relevant to the position and leave questions about pay, holiday and bonuses until the end.

Tip # 4 – Professionalism

You need to remain professional at all times. This applies to dress code and the way you conduct yourself. Do not use slang terms or language that could easily be seen as inappropriate. For example, referring to an interviewer as ‘boss’, ‘gaffa’, ‘darling’ etc is not acceptable. In a professional setting, these terms are not tolerated. You need to be mature at all times.

 

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