Interview preparation and research is key to a successful interview, there is nothing worse than meeting a candidate with a great CV but they cannot articulate why they want the role, or have not researched the company and what they do.
First Impressions – Body Language Counts
You are on interview as soon as you pull into the car park or walk into the reception area.
- Present yourself with confidence.
- Be warm and friendly to the receptionist, they are often asked their opinion.
- Shake hands firmly when introducing yourself to the interviewer and make eye contact.
- Don’t sit down until you are invited to. If you are being interviewed by more than one person and you have an opportunity to, choose a position that allows you to face all interviewers directly.
- To demonstrate your enthusiasm and that you are actively listening, lean slightly forward on the seat and nod in agreement at appropriate moments and maintain eye contact with the interviewer.
- Remain alert with good posture – don’t slouch or cross your arms.
- Be aware of nervous habits – don’t doodle on notes, click a pen, run hands through hair, etc.
- Do not chew gum in interviews.
- Pause before answering questions.
- Don’t worry about silences from the interviewer they give you time to think.
Make Sure You Do Your Research
- Make sure you know the nature of the company’s business and when it was established.
- How many locations they operate from – UK and internationally.
- How many people they employ.
- Visit the office location before the interview.
- Plan where to park and the journey time.
- Visit their website but also use other sources for information e.g. Search Engines, local press, ask friends and colleagues.
- Establish what the interview processes will be.
- Prepare for any assessments
Review the Job Description
- Read through the job description and your CV
- Highlight areas in your CV which demonstrate skills and experience required in the job description
- Make a note of any areas which you feel you do not have specific skills and experience in, and know how you would address this if questioned in the interview.
- Prepare scenarios which demonstrate your skills and experience.
Typical Interview Questions to be Prepared for
Being interviewed is a little like playing a role in a play. Rehearse your answers and you will feel more relaxed on the day.
Most Common Questions Asked
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why do you want to work for …….?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- Which job have you enjoyed the most and why?
- What don’t you like about your current job?
- What relevant experience do you have for this position?
- What motivates you?
- Do you think ambition is a good thing?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What are your strengths & weaknesses?
More In-depth Questions
- What is the most enjoyable aspect of your current job?
- How would your current line manager describe you?
- How would the team you manage describe your management style?
- How do you feel you would adapt to a new working environment?
- What particular skill do you have that your current employer will miss if you leave their employment?
- Give an example of how you have dealt with a problem or conflict within the workplace?
- Is the customer always right?
- What is the most difficult decision you have had to make?
- What mistakes have you learnt from and why?
- Sell me this pen?
- Why should our company offer you the position?
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