Interview Technique

If your CV is successful, the next step is usually going to an Interview. This is where you present yourself as a professional that would be perfect for the job role. To get the best out of your interview for both you and the employer, there are tips to follow:

  • Sit confidently, don’t slouch or look away. You may be in a waiting room with other candidates, so it is important that the employer looks at you in favour in every aspect of the interview.
  • Prepare for the employer. Make sure you can answer any questions about the employer that they can ask you, for example when were they established or the type of clients they have.
    1. What can you tell me about yourself?
      Ensure not to ramble and focus on your highlights. Embrace personality and ambition, but mould it to how you would fit as an employee.
    2. Can you list your strengths?
      Use adjectives such as capable, hardworking and diligent. Elaborate on your strongest skill with examples.
    3. What weaknesses do you have?
      Focus on an area that needs to be improved and be honest.
    4. Why should I consider hiring you?
      Focus on positive aspects, if not fully qualified as we may not be leaving university, then enhance how you learn quickly on the job.
    5. Where do you see yourself five years from now?
    6. Why do you want to work here?
      Speak about your research with the employer, make it seem like it is just them you would like to work for.
    7. What is your salary expectation?
    8. What motivates you?
    9. What makes a good team player?
    10. Is there anything that you would like to ask me
      Pick up on something that has been mentioned, ask to expand on this so you appear interested and you have been listening.
  • Appearances are key. Dress appropriately to the job role, but dress smart for that professional first impression.
  • Focus, allow plenty of time to get to your interview.
  • Remember a notebook, pens and a copy of your CV.
  • Smile, come across as friendly and relaxed.

Always end the interview on a positive note. It could be a simple ending saying how it was nice to meet the employer or you look forward to hearing from them.


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