Interviews - Be Prepared
There are several questions that are nearly always asked at an interview:
- Tell me a little bit about yourself?
- Tell me your achievements to date?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What is your greatest achievement?
- What are your strengths?
- What areas would you like to improve on?
- What qualities will you bring to this role?
- Why should we hire you over other applicants?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
- Give me an example of when you resolved a conflict among staff?
- Give me an example of your leadership skills?
- Give me an example of when you solved a difficult work situation?
Think about the role you are applying for and how you will answer each question prior to the interview. Being prepared will not only make you look good, but will give you confidence as well.
When in a face-to-face interview, always remember the golden rules:
- Arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your appointment. Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview, allowing for any unforeseen delays
- But don't arrive too early, your interviewer will have set time aside to see you at the correct appointment time.
- Allow yourself plenty of time for the interview, you don’t want to be clock watching because you have somewhere else you need to be
- Dress smartly/Appropriately – Remember, first impressions really do count. A neat, tidy, clean appearance portrays professionalism
- Don’t slouch – Sit upright as slouching gives the impression you don’t really care
- Keep focused – Ensure you listen to all the questions that are being asked and to what the interviewer has to say about the role and their company. This will prompt you to ask suitable questions back
- An obvious one, but remember to turn your phone off!
- Be prepared to revisit previous areas of the first interview using notes from your first interview.
- Expect more open-ended or challenging questions about your experience and have some appropriate answers.