Interview Tips & Questions
Some of the best candidates fail at interview stage because they do not prepare and don't know what to expect. The better prepared you are the more confident you will be.
- Ensure that you have researched the company that you are being interviewed at. Look at their website, any literature they may have and any recent editorials. You should have a good understanding of what they do, their company branding and values, and their point of difference in the market. When the opportunity arises you will be able to demonstrate interest and knowledge in their company.
- Dress to impress! Always go for smart and professional.
- Plan your route and allow plenty of time to get to the interview. You should arrive about 15 minutes before the interview, if you are earlier, take a walk or grab a coffee.
- Be aware of your body language. Crossed arms for example can indicate hostility or a barrier. Adopt good posture and make sure that you smile.
- You must be able to back up and expand on your CV information rather than simply repeating what is written. A good interviewer will probe these points, so it is advisable to be able to give examples of where you demonstrated your skills and the outcome you were able to achieve.
- Transferable skills are important factors to highlight, so be prepared to discuss how you could use your skills in a different environment.
- Communicate as positively as possible and try to say "I can" instead of "I think I can," for example.
- Be confident and outgoing but don't interrupt the interviewer.
- Do not answer in single syllables i.e. yes and no but at the same time keep to the line of questioning and be clear and precise.
- If you don't understand a question, ask, don't guess.
- Always prepare some questions to ask at interview in advance. Some examples are shown below.
- At the end of the interview always thank them for their time and remember to keep smiling.
Typical Interview question examples
- How would you describe yourself?
- How would your current manager describe you?
- What motivates you?
- Why are you leaving your current role?
- What skills and expertise do you have for this job?
- What do you know about our company and why do you want to work for us?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Give an example of how you handled a certain situation i.e. a complaint, in your current role.
Typical suggested questions to ask
- How has this position been created?
- What can you tell me about the team and people that I will be working with?
- What are the opportunities for career progression?
- What training opportunities do you have?
- How long will it take to make a final decision and / or what is the recruitment process?
Well done for getting this far and good luck with your interview, remember if you are not successful try and make sure that you understand why, so that you can possibly address this next time.