Tips & Tricks
A few pointers when preparing for that big interview
Your interview is your
chance to shine. This is where you can really sell yourself so it’s important
to be prepared. Although no interview follows the same pattern, we’ve designed this
guide to give you some basic advice when preparing for an interview.
turn up late
This sounds like common sense but you’d be
surprised how many people still turn up late for interviews. Turning up late
instantly puts you on the back foot so make sure you leave plenty of travel
time, you’re fully aware of the location, where to park, where to sign in and
who you should ask for at reception.
Try to get a feel for the company culture and
dress appropriately. Many interviewers will take note of your appearance so
make sure you dress to impress!
plenty of research beforehand
Preparation is key to a successful interview.
Solid People will provide you with detailed information about the company,
however, your research should not be limited to this. Visit the company’s
website and look for recent news articles and press releases. You should be
knowledgeable about the company’s history, product, structure and industries
relax and be yourself
This is sometimes easier said than done. It’s
important that your personality comes through in your interview so try to
control the nerves and just be yourself.
An interview is as much your opportunity to suss
out whether the job is right for you as it is the employers opportunity to
assess your skills. Make sure you ask all the questions that are important to
It’s not a bad thing to ask the interviewer how
you’ve done. This can show enthusiasm and keenness if approached in the right
way. It’s also a good idea to ask what the next steps are and when will you
hear from them. If you’re keen to progress then it’s important you tell them.
attending an interview, it’s likely you’ll be asked competency based questions.
Don’t be tempted to ‘wing it’! We’ve worked with many candidates who’ve used
this approach and it’s risky; as the saying goes ‘Fail to Prepare, Prepare to
Fail’. As such we’ve compiled a list of example competency based questions you
should be ready for:
- Has there ever been a time
when you had to face criticism from people. How did you deal with it?
- Have you ever worked
alongside a colleague not doing their job? How did you deal with it?
- Have you ever encountered
conflict in your team? How did you deal with it?
- Have you ever been faced
with the likelihood of missing a key deadline? How did you deal with it?
- Have you ever had to train
or coach someone, or help them solve a problem? Describe your actions?
- Describe a situation where
you were especially proud of what you/your team achieved. What was your
role in it?
- Explain a situation where
you had to deal with tough resistance to a project?
- Give an example of a
challenge you faced in the workplace. How did you overcome it?
- Tell me a time when your
communication skills improved a situation?
- Don’t talk negatively about a colleague, member of staff or
any of your previous companies
- Don’t pass the blame for failure onto team members or the
- Don’t be critical of colleagues or managers
- Don’t show lack of confidence
- Don’t show resistance to change
Show support for your team
- Show compassion but also integrity
- Show loyalty and allegiance to your company
- Always be positive about your ability to deal with issues
- Show patience and understanding when dealing with members of
- Always sell yourself and your ability in a business-like
manner showing humility but confidence not arrogance
further examples of typical competency based interview questions fire up GOOGLE
THOSE INTERVIEW QUESTION THAT STILL POP UP ALL THE TIME
If you've attended multiple interviews you'll be familiar with some of the below questions. They're still being asked so you still need to prepare for them
- Tell me about yourself
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What is your greatest strength?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- Why should I hire you?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Do you have any questions?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What do you know about us?
- What did you like / dislike about your previous job?
Keep an eye on our blog as we'll be sharing our thoughts on how best to answer some of these typical interview questions.
- Sell yourself
- Show confidence as well as humility
- Don’t give one-word answers.
- Give examples where possible.
- Always give eye contact
- Think about what your strengths and weaknesses are
- Think of a reason why you want the job
- Think of a reason why they should give you the job
- Think of a reason why you feel you deserve the job
Be positive about your ambitions and aspirations
If you are interested in the role, make sure you tell them,
and give the reasons for your interest. Also explain what value you feel
you could add to the department
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