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Interview Hints and Tips

Whatever your level of experience take nothing for granted. To help here's some tips to ensure you do yourself justice.

Preparation

  • Check the date, time and place of interview
  • Don't be late!
  • Plan your journey in advance and always allow yourself extra time.
  • If you are running late, try your best to let us or the client know. It may be an idea to phone the employer in advance just to confirm the interview date and time. This is also a good way of establishing a rapport before the interview.

Dress Appropriately

You know that you should dress formally for a job interview, whatever the environment as it shows that you are making an effort. If you don't have a smart outfit there is still no excuse given the amount of retail bargains for all manner of business clothing.

Planning

If you are working through a good recruitment consultancy like ours, then you will expect to be fully prepared for the day on every aspect of the interview. If not, you must find out as much about the company as possible and also their industry in general.

And You're In!

Although every interview is unique, there is a standard format that most interviews follow:

  • Introduction

Interviews generally start in a relaxed manner. Your interviewer will introduce themselves and then usually break the ice by asking about something trivial such as the weather or your journey. During this part of the interview, it is important to make a good general impression - remember that first impressions count! Try to come across as alert, interested and friendly.

  • CV review

The interviewer will need to review information on your CV, or ask you to expand upon it. A typical question in this section of the interview is 'You say that you worked for X for 3 years - could you tell me a little more about that?' Avoid giving short, factual answers to these questions - elaborate on your responses, so that you talk about your strengths and what you have learned through your previous experience.

  • Questioning

This is probably the most important part of the interview. The interviewer will ask open-ended or probing questions in order to find out your strengths and weaknesses. Likewise, any decent candidate will have already prepared questions ahead on the ins & outs of the job being interviewed form the operation, what needs to be achieved etc. 

Some Typical Questions

  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • Why did you leave your last company?
  • Have you done this kind of work before?
  • What did you do in your last job?
  • Why should I take you on?
  • How do you get on with people?
  • What do you think makes you a good team member?
  • How do you cope with pressure?
  • Can you identify three of your strengths?
  • Can you identify three of your weaknesses?
  • What would you like to be doing in 5 years time?
  • Tell me how you have overcome a difficult situation?

It is essential that you in turn prepare and ask good quality, relevant open ended questions on the role and the company. Equally important is the need for you to make good eye contact, show enthusiasm and towards the end let them know that you are keen on the role. If you feel confident ask how you performed! End

After you have asked your questions, the interview usually draws to a close. The interviewer should explain what happens next - when and how you will find out if you have been successful. If they do not tell you, then you should ask. If it is an interview that a consultant has sent you to then ring after the interview to pass on your feedback.

GOOD LUCK!