Interview Tips from across the table
So you’ve done your research, polished your CV, sent off your job applications, and now you’ve been invited to have an interview. Great news! Except now you have to have an interview.
We’ve all heard the horror stories of crazy interviews and so many people leave feeling like they had no idea what the interviewer was looking for, so we wanted to tell you what we look for at AIG, and how you can feel better prepared for your interviews.
- Do your research. It will really show in the interview if you’re aware of not just the company but also the industry, and tells the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in the role rather than just being willing to accept anyone who will hire you! Regardless of the function you’re applying for (we’re an insurance company, for example, that hires a lot of IT students) it’s useful to have an understanding of the industry. Research will also help you to ask good questions in your interview (more of that to come later).
- Know your CV. You wrote it so make sure you know what’s on it. You don’t have to have everything memorised but if there’s a job or activity on there, you should be ready to talk about it. For a telephone interview it can be useful to have a copy of it in front of you too.
- Ask good questions. This one is really important! Asking questions shows the interviewer that not only have you researched the company, but you are also taking your career seriously. You might want to ask about how the company stays ahead of their competitors, or how they are adapting to the new technology, or maybe you want to know more about your specific role and the training that’s offered, or the career path. You should also have a few questions prepared in case the interviewer gives you the answer to your question in conversation, leaving you with nothing to ask!
- Be on time. Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people are late for both in person interviews and telephone interviews. We have woken a few people up by calling for their telephone interview! Make sure you’ve got enough time so you’re not rushing, and so that you’re ready for any complications (i.e. train delays) that may arise.
- Try and enjoy it. You’re going to have a lot of interviews in your life, so you may as well start getting used to, and even start enjoying them, now. I know they’re not the most fun thing you can do, but remember the interviewer is just a person and they really want you to be good and do well as it helps them! We’re not against you!
We hope these tips help you with your next interview, and remember it’s all practice. If you don’t do well in an interview, ask for feedback and learn from it. You’re at the beginning of your career and at this stage it’s all learning.
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