Interview Tips

Generally by the time you make it to the interview the employer has already decided that you have the skills for the job – now they need to know whether you will fit into the company and the team – that’s what the interview is actually mostly about.

Getting Prepared for the Interview Process

 

When you’re invited to an interview, there’s a lot you can do to get prepared.

To find out what you need to do, click below:

Interview Preparation Checklist

Planning your approach

KISS – Keep It Simple and Straightforward

Before we start on the specifics of how to answer interview questions, this is a simple model for you to keep in the back of your mind. KEEP IT SIMPLE and STRAIGHT FORWARD – KISS.

By doing this you will avoid ‘waffling’ which often confuses you and the interviewer.

So before you launch into a great big answer, take a moment to figure out what you want to say and why. Don’t waste time on talking about stuff that just isn’t relevant. And don’t think that by saying more you are doing a better job.

Remember to KISS!

The STAR Model

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. You can use this as a way to map out your answer rather than risk waffling on.

To find out how to use the STAR approach, click below:

STAR model for Interview Questions

The Interview Questions

 

Types of Questions

In order to find out whether you are the best fit for that role and company the employer may use some different styles of questions. There are 3 you should know about:

Traditional, Situational and Behavioural.

To find out more, please click below:

Types of Interview Questions

Common Questions, and how to answer them

Although we can never be completely sure of the questions that will be asked in an interview there are some themes that are likely to be covered. To answer these questions well you should be able to provide real examples to back up your claim.

It can be hard to come up with ideas on the spot – especially when you are nervous. To avoid that awful moment of complete mind blank, prepare some examples in advance so that in the interview you can choose the most relevant one.

To find out more, click below:

Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

After the interview

 

You will be notified by telephone, email or mail if you have been successful.

If you are successful clarify when you will start, what you need to do in advance, where you need to go for your first day.

If you are not successful then be brave and ask for feedback. While you might want to get off the call as quickly as possible take a breath and take advantage of a great opportunity to learn what you did well and where you can improve for next time.