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Our Guide to Interviews

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Our Guide to Interviews

  • Publish Date: Posted about 1 month ago
  • Author: Sean McLeod & Natasha Beazeley

Master the Art of the Interview

Great news! You've landed yourself a job interview.

This means your next role is within touching distance, but an impending interview usually brings mixed feelings. You'll probably be excited and apprehensive in equal measure, but do not worry, it's completely normal!

With the help of our expert consultants we've put together this handy guide to make sure you've mastered the art of the interview by the time you walk through the door and land that dream job!

Below we've included our top tips for interviews & some of the most common questions that seem to pop up every time. Of course our team is always on hand to help you every step of the way, and if you have any questions, just give us a call!

We also have a PDF version for you to print out. Simply click HERE to download your version ready to print.

Plan your route and get there early!

It's a good idea to be around 10-15 minutes early for your interview, and it makes a good impression on your potential new employer! If you think you're going to be late, let us know as soon as you can so that we can inform the interviewer, and potentially rearrange your interview.

First impressions count

We know it sounds obvious, but good presentation is essential. Make sure to dress smartly and in keeping with the type of company you are approaching. Walk in with confidence, and look at the interview as your opportunity to shine. It's always nice to smile and shake hands. Eye contact is a great sign of confidence too!

Be prepared

We'll always provide you with as much detail about the employer as possible, but it's always good to do some extra research, as it never goes unnoticed!

Listen to the questions

Always keep the initial question in mind when answering, and be sure to stay on point. Remember not all questions require long answers.

An interview is a 2-way street

Where possible, find opportunities to highlight your skills and the value you can add to their company. Never be afraid to ask questions about the company and what they'll expect of you. We've included some typical questions below:

  • What progression options are available?

  • Who would be your immediate supervisor?

  • What is the growth plan for the department?

  • What software systems do you use?

Leave on a high

It's always polite to thank the interviewer for their time. If you really want the job, don't be afraid to tell them! We'll give you a call to check in as soon as the interview is over.

Don’t be discouraged!

If you're not successful Don't worry! Failure is unfortunately part of any interview process. We'll help you analyse your interview, and look at ways you could improve to help you in future.

Common questions & how to answer them

  • Why are you interested in this position?

Give the employer a few reasons as to why you're interested. Ideally, you would have done your research beforehand, and will have some knowledge about the business.

  • How much do you know about our company?

As above - research can do the world of good when it comes to an interview, and It's always good to be prepared. We'll always give you all of the information you need, but be sure to do some extra reading!

  • What do you like best/least in your current position?

Try to answer this in a way which doesn't sound too critical of your current role, and focus on the strengths you have and what you can bring to this business. If you're looking to take a step up from your current role, it's worth mentioning this to the interviewer.

  • What do you consider your strengths/weaknesses?

Think about this in advance - it's important to not take your time thinking about this in an interview. We all find it a little hard to talk ourselves up, but this is your time to shine

  • What skills could you bring to the job?

We strongly recommend thinking about this in advance. This is the perfect opportunity to sell yourself and stand out from the crowd. Talk about your past experiences and what you've learned from them. Also, talk about the skills you have that are relevant to the role.

  • Give us an example of when you worked in a team, and also when you had to work alone...

It's good to prepare for this one, as it can be tricky to think of a scenario on the spot! Practice this one before the interview so that you don't forget.

  • Can you work under pressure? Describe an incident when you have had to do so.

Like the previous question, we suggest practising this at home.

  • What is your career plan?

Got a clear plan for your future? Great! Let the employer know what you'd like your career to look like, these guys might just get you there!

  • How would you handle difficult clients/customers?

This may not apply to all job roles but it is likely to come up. Just be honest and open about this. It's always useful to give an example of a time you had a difficult client/customer and how you dealt with it. Did you get any plaudits for this?

  • Why are you looking to move roles?

Again, just be honest and open. Is it career aspirations? Looking for something new? Everybody has a reason and this question will typically be asked to judge where you are in your career.

  • What salary are you looking for?

Most will think this is an awkward question to be asked - but it's one that always crops up. Remember to value your worth. If you are after a particular salary, there's no reason why you shouldn't tell the employer. You can always back this up with why you think you are worth this.