If you have been called for a first round interview, congratulations in that you have passed the first major hurdle. Based on your CV or pre-screening interview your interviewer feels that you could possess the skills, knowledge and ability to fulfil the requirements of the job on offer. Your job in the first round interview is to prove that you can do so.
The structure of the interview usually commences with an ice-breaker such as “Tell me about yourself?” What follows then is a series of interview questions specific to the skillsets required for the position which are aimed as assessing whether not only can you do the job but if you can fit into the culture of the organisation.
Preparation is key to all interviews. Having mock interviews and preparing compelling stories which emphasise the fact that you possess the appropriate skillset with measurable, memorable and impressive outcomes would set you well on the way either to be called for a second round interview or to be in immediate receipt of a concrete job offer.
Other fundamentals to remember are to research the company and industry, bringing along a copy of your CV and a USB key if you are required to give a presentation.
Arrive at least 15 minutes early for your interview and ensure that you dress appropriately for the job on offer. Pay particular attention to your body language, how you greet your interviewer, the level of eye contact you engage in and you’re sitting position throughout the whole interview.
The interviews will normally conclude with the interviewer asking if you have any questions yourself. Carefully craft these questions to show to the assembled audience that you have completed your homework on their company and industry sector as this will result on you finishing the interview on a high.