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If you have been invited for an interview, that’s great! However this excitement can easily turn sour if you fail to prepare properly.   Preparation can be the defining factor between success and failure.   Below are a few interview tips to assist you. If in doubt, remember that we offer interview preparation coaching!

  • Understand your CV. Be prepared to expand on information already stated in your CV.
  • Know your strengths. Aim for ten key strengths that make you an ideal candidate for the position.
  • Do your research. Go on the internet and find out who the company is and what they do.
  • Know the position you have applied for. Before attending an interview, please review any information which you have been sent regarding the position.  If you have a job description, know this inside out.
  • Dress to impress. Select your interview clothing carefully. Dress to create the best possible first impression. 
  • Know where you are going. Plan in advance how you are going to get to the interview.
  • Do not be late. When attending an interview it is always better to be early than late.
  • Initial impression. Be aware of your body language and posture, always stand or sit up straight. Be sure to smile and give a quality handshake.
  • Confidence.  It is essential that you outline to the interviewer what you can offer the company and the benefits of employing you.
  • Do not get distracted. Always concentrate on the interviewer and the questions he or she is asking.
  • Be honest. It is always best to be honest when discussing your employment or educational experience.
  • Be positive. No matter how tempting, never bad-mouth (denigrate) previous employers. It is always far more credible to focus on positive achievements and experiences.
  • Speak correctly. Do not talk too much or too fast.  Be aware of your speech when you are being interviewed.
  • Question time. If you have prepared properly, it is inevitable that you will have some questions you will want to ask. This is a good thing as it gives you further opportunity to demonstate your interest in the company and the position you are applying for.
  • Politeness. Always remember to say thank you and say that it has been a pleasure meeting the interviewer.

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"I recently applied for a senior management position with a leading international New Zealand business that required a very specific and specialist area of expertise.  The advertised position received a huge response from all over the world, yet only one cover letter and CV stood out from all the others. According to feedback from their HR, my cover letter, written by Global CV Solutions, addressed all the key areas of the advertised role and secured me an interview, none of the other cover letters submitted even came close. I am also sure the interview coaching really helped as I had a 3 hour panel interview with 4 executives so a daunting task! My heartfelt thanks for a job well done."

Paul - Production Manager - Wellington