Interview techniques

Interviewers are aware of just how nerve wracking interviews can be, in fact nerves are a good sign they show just how important this interview is to you. Below are some tips to help you on your way

• Before you enter the building remember to switch off your mobile phone, do not leave on silent or vibrate as this might distract you whilst you are in the middle of answering an important question

• Remember you’re being assessed from the moment you arrive so make sure you are polite and professional with everyone you meet. When you greet your interviewer shake their hand and remember to keep it firm but friendly, a good hand shake shows confidence. Body language is important to keep a straight back and don’t slouch in your chair also make eye contact with the interviewer when you are talking to them. Don’t forget to smile…..

• When asked a question try to draw the interviewer’s attention to relevant experience on your CV but if you haven’t got any relevant experience then try and make comparisons. Some interviews are one to one but some time you might be in front of two or more people make sure you direct your answers to everyone

• Remember to draw on the research you have done on the employer and where appropriate try an incorporate it into your answers

• Refer to the questions you prepared before the interview and make sure you find out as much about the position as you can

• Never talk over the interviewer always let them finish first and then answer the question

• At the end of the interview you can, if you want, ask the interviewer if you have answered all of their questions and if there is anything that they would like further information on. You might also want to ask what happens next i.e. How long will it be before you have heard anything? Will you be inviting people back for second interviews?

Some of the usual questions you will be asked are:

• What in the advert and job description grabbed your attention?
• Why are you looking to leave your current employer?
• Why do you think you would be suited to this role?
• What skills and qualities would you bring to the company?
• What are your strengths?
• What are your weaknesses?
• What has been your greatest achievement?
• What are your personal/professional goals?
• Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

This is by no means a definitive list but it gives you some examples to consider and perhaps its worth while thinking about your response and making some notes ready for your interview.

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