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Candidates : Interview Advice
What Influences the Interviewer
The more you know about how you will be perceived, the more you can prepare. From a survey of recruiters, the qualities that influenced them were, in priority:
Your personality, how you present yourself in the interview
The qualifications you have for the position
Your background and references
The enthusiasm you have towards the organisation and position.
Interview Dos and Don'ts
Answer the question that is asked and do not volunteer irrelevant information.
Keep your answer concise and concentrate on the facts not opinions.
Speak clearly and confidently and do not allow yourself to be discouraged.
Constantly remind yourself that you have something to sell and focus on how you can make a positive contribution in the role.
Try to be too clever.
Lie, pretend or give evasive answers.
Lose your temper, get flustered, panic.
Criticise your former employers.
A few points to bear in mind when you are at an interview...
Don't be afraid to ask for clarification on any questions.
Remember that the cost to an employer of recruiting the wrong person can be very expensive.
The employer is also under a lot of pressure to make the right decision and may be just as nervous as you are!
Try to relax and enjoy the interview. The more relaxed you are, the better you will perform on the day.
Interview Preparation Tips
Research the company, its competitors, position in the marketplace and challenges/developments within the industry.
Prepare a list of questions that you think might be asked and plan your answers. A useful tip is to look at the job description - this should enable you to define the qualities the recruiter is looking for and emphasise the skills and experiences that you have which best demonstrate them.
Think of any questions you would like to ask the recruiter about the company and the position you are applying for.
Employers expect candidates to:
Arrive on time
Relax and be themselves
Listen carefully to questions, think before they speak and actually answer the question asked
Focus on what they can offer them
Emphasise their skills and experiences directly relevant to the position. If their degree is not vocational, they should describe the transferable skills they have and their involvement in extra-curricular activities
Go armed with examples of the company's competencies, e.g. where they are market leaders.
Employers will not recruit candidates who:
Criticise their course, tutor or current employer
Give the impression that they only applied because something else didn't materialise
Mention other applications.
Questions often asked at interviews
Why are you interested in this position? How much do you know about the job you have applied for?
What do you like doing best/least in your current position?
What do you consider to be your strengths/weaknesses?
What skills could you bring to the job?
What kind of people do you like to work with or what people do you find it difficult to work with?
Do you prefer to work in a team or alone?
What do you know about our company? What is your opinion of our company?
Can you work under pressure? Describe any incident when you have had to do so.
How do you see your future?
What was the most responsible duty you carried out in your job? Who did you report to?
What is your health record?
How would you handle difficult clients/customers?
Why did you leave your last position? Why do you want to leave your present company?
What salary are you looking for?
What are your leisure interests?
Why do you want this job?
What motivates/de-motivates you?
What is your greatest achievement?
What is the biggest mistake you have ever made?
What did you learn from this?
Why have you moved employers a lot?
Would you be prepared to relocate?
How would employees describe your management style?
Why should I employ you in this position?
What is the hardest thing that you have had to overcome?
What do you want to achieve in the next five years?
How do you like to be managed?
Questions that need to be asked at interviews
I'd like to know more about the company. Is there a guide?
Who will I be working for?
Who will I be working with? How many people in the department?
Are there promotion prospects - to what post and when?
What are the exact hours I'll be working?
Are there any periods when business peaks? What effect will this have on the job if any?
Are there any training schemes from which I may benefit?
What is the exact salary and are there fringe benefits?
When is the salary reviewed?
What computer system is used?
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