Interview Tips and Preparation
Making the right impression at interview stage is the difference between an offer and rejection.
Interviews vary in style some will be relaxed and others more structured and formal but the same ethics will always apply:
Allow plenty of time to arrive at your interview, planning transport and being aware of any possible disruptions to your journey,
Dress appropriately. It is important to look smart and presentable for your interview, but you also need to feel comfortable. Some companies have a much more relaxed approach to dress than others, but unless you are specifically told to dress informally, you should dress smartly.
Be positive and friendly also try to avoid to speak negatively of previous employers unless you have a very valid reason to do so.
Research the company, the fact that you have done research on your prospective employer will demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm, as well as your motivation to work for the organisation. It will also help to prepare you for answering questions at the interview. Employers will be impressed if you have taken the time to conduct your own research about the Company and display an understanding of their business, its size and brief history.
Be aware of what your body language is saying about you, below are several tips on how you can make a positive impression.
- Do shake hands with the interviewer(s) at the beginning and at the end of the interview.
- A friendly expression and good posture will indicate that you have a positive approach.
- Relax into your chair, but be aware of slouching.
- Maintain good eye contact. If you have more than one person interviewing you, look at the person asking the question when you reply but glance at the other interviewers from time to time.
In addition to the standard interview questions which will relate to the specific position you are applying for, below you will find a selection of the most frequently asked questions.
- What attracted you to this position
- Why are you leaving your present job
- Why were you in your previous job for such a short/long time
- What was your major achievement in your last position
- What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
- How would you describe yourself and your main character traits
- What are you looking for in your next position
- What qualities should a successful manager posses
- How do you work as part of a team
- What would your colleagues say about you
- What motivates you in a work place
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years
- What about your current position do you least and most enjoy
- What are the elements that would make up the ideal position for you
- What other jobs have you applied for
- What training courses have you been on
- How do you get the best out of people
- How do you cope under pressure
- In your opinion what do you see as the potential problems/issues in this particular sector
- In what ways do you think you can personally make a contribution to this organization
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