Ah yes, you have made it this far to chapter 3. Every interview is similar in the sense that they all need an ice breaker, be it greeting the interviewer, talking about last night's football match or just showing how you are interested in the company's latest developments. Naturally, you will introduce yourself and your background like where were you studying etc.
Talking about the company's latest developments is by far the easiest of icebreakers because you can get the information so easily.
Not this kind of icebreaker!
1) As such, the first thing to ice break is to talk about the company. You can get previous information from staff members, newspapers and the annual report. By law, companies will have to prepare an annual report which is available to shareholders or placed in the company's website.
If you take the initiative to read the company's website/ annual report, you would be happy to hear that recruiter's would take note of you interest in the company. Besides that, you should provide evidence of wider reading.
Read widely to learn more about the company!
2) By reading up on current issues of the world/industry/company from news sites or publications. Magazines and news companies usually provide good information that will equip you with the wider reading ammo.
Not recommended against interviewers.
The other important thing that people often over look is to tell the interviewer:
3) What position are you applying for? Are you applying as a doctor in that hospital or a sweeper in the same company? What I heard is that too many people go into interviews without knowing what they want to do in a company! Interviewers find that people who know where they want to go easier to employ.
The next part Why of the introduction is to make sure you have a solid reason of:
4) Why are you applying for that position? Some driving factors you can elaborate are the money (Saying this the right way will be covered in Chapter 10), the opportunities, the people and so on.
Be assured that if you know what position you are applying for and you have a solid reason of why you are applying, you are in the top 50% of people!
Next, you will most definitely be asked questions like: What did you learn from your course? What do you do for a hobby? Have you ever worked in teams? Did you ever communicate with people of importance?
To find out how to answer these questions, stay tuned for the next chapters!
Objective of the interview
Things to prepare
At the Interview