Interview Advice

Interview Advice

 

So your CV has done the trick and you have been invited to interview.  Congratulations!


Now it's time to prepare to make sure you have the best possible chance of securing the role.

The best interview advice anyone can give is Prepare, Prepare and then prepare some more. It´s never been easier to find information, or get organized for an interview.

 

Read the company website, check their profile on linkedin, search google news for recent references to them, have a glance at their twitter feed, facebook profile, linkedin company page all of these methods will help you be confident and informed before the interview.

 

Check your LinkedIn connections to see if you know anyone that has worked for them or currently works for them? Pencil in a discussion with them before the interview, they may give you some good tips.  

 

Ask your recruiter if they know what style of interview will take place or any previous feedback from other people they have had interviewed.

Its worthwhile to have a think about what sort of questions may come up and have some general answers prepared that show your skills off to their best advantage. Some questions that may come up.

  • How were you rated at your last appraisal.?
  • What parts of your job put you under the most pressure and how do you cope with this?
  • How would you describe your management style.?
  • What do you know about our firm.?
  • In what area of your career have you achieved the greatest success?
  • What are your long term career aspirations?
  • What´s your motivation for moving from current employer (always keep answers positive)?
  • Give an example of when you have successfully won new business from a client?
  • Tell us about any special projects you have been involved in?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • What goals have you set yourself in the past and how did you achieve them?
  • Give an example of where you have worked well in team situation?

Remember they may ask questions that have nothing to do with your CV just to see how much you are aware of what´s going on in their market at the moment, so its always worth checking out the news sites and any professional publications prior to interviews too.

Due to the international nature of our roles, many of our interviews are held via the telephone or skype. Although this may seem less formal than attending a face to face interview, its important to prepare thoroughly and treat it with the same level of preparation that you would if you were attending an interview in our client´s office.

Useful Tips

  • Have your CV in front of you, so that if the client refers to something on your CV you can easily discuss it with them, you would be amazed at how many people forget to do this
  • Have a short list of relevant achievements and experience that you think will be most important to the interviewer to remind you to cover them.
  • Find a quiet place, if its during work hours, find a meeting room as opposed to taking the call on the street (its happened ­ they didn´t get the job)
  • If you are using a mobile, double check its fully charged just in case the interview goes on longer than anticipated also test the signal strength in the area you are taking the call, in particular with international calls its important for it to be as clear as possible. Use a landline where possible.
  • Have a glass or water, nothing worse than having a coughing fit and the nearest water cooler is a 5 minutes walk away.

During the Phone Interview:

  • Smile! It sounds funny but smiling will actually project a positive perception to the listener and will alter the tone of your voice for the better.
  • Take your time - it's perfectly acceptable to take a moment or two to collect your thoughts.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Try not to interrupt the interviewer
  • Try standing up, it can make you sound more alert and animated
  • Sound interesting/interested, energetic and enthusiastic
  • Be succinct, don´t waffle.
  • Ask open-ended questions (beginning with who, what, when, why, where, how: these all ask for information, and keep the ball in the other person's court). Be prepared for them to use the same style of questioning with you!

Closing:

  • When it seems appropriate at the end of the conversation, ask when you would be likely to hear about the next stage, and what the next stage may be.

After the Interview:

  • Take notes about what you were asked and how you answered ­ you might want to refer to these in any subsequent further interviews.

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