Days before your Interview
- Research the company.
- Re-read the job spec
- Make notes of areas where you’re expertise lies
- List relevant achievements
- Write down any questions you would like to ask.
- Plan your journey the previous night.
- Write down the address
- Print out a map of the location.
- Re-read your CV.
- Print spare copies, in case interviewer needs more.
- Get a good nights sleep.
On the day of your interview
- Check you have all the documents you require
- Copy of your CV
- The job spec
- Previous references or copies of appraisals etc.
- Check the address and charge your phone.
- Note contact numbers and name of person you are meeting.
- Allow an extra 30 minutes contingency time to get there.
- Whilst travelling listen to music to relax.
- Check you have your CV and any reference material.
- Arrive punctually or up to 5 minutes early.
- Be polite, positive and friendly to everyone you meet.
- You may have far to walk to the interview room, or someone else may pick you up from reception. Also, the interviewer may be nervous too. So have a couple of questions to relax both of you:
- Say positive comments about the building, their products, successes etc.
- Don’t hesitate in telling them if you would like a drink.
- Don’t complain about your journey!
- Listen, Listen, Listen.
- Take the time to think, before answering a question.
- Some interviewers are better than others. So help them get the best out of you.
- If they seem open to it, take control. Ask them if it’s OK to talk through your CV with them.
- Body language is key. Be relaxed but energized! Make them see you are interested.
- Don’t interrupt. If you think of something important, make a note immediately and come back to it later.
- If you believe that you would be very good at this job, tell them exactly why.
People buy People
- Don’t think of this as an interview. Think of it as a first meeting, with a new business contact.
- Key purpose is to find out if you genuinely get on with each other and can work together.
- If you like the interviewer, chances are they’ll like you too.
- They will be looking to see if you are likely to get on with the existing team – and that your future success will also help their organisation.
As part of your final preparation, here’s a checklist.
Can you answer “YES” to all these questions?
- I’ve spent 30 minutes+ researching the employer’s website.
- I know the names of the main people in the company.
- I know the companies main milestones achievements.
- I have directions and map printed out ready.
- I have spare copies of my CV.
- I’ve written down all the contact details including Rich Solutions Consultancy’s telephone number.
- I understand the job spec.
- If asked, I know my bottom line in terms of pay.
- I have a list of questions to ask in the interview.
- I have 5 or more strong points re: my skills and character.
- I have some weaknesses that I can turn into positives.
- I have a clear and specific reason why I want to leave, or have left my current employer
- I have answers to some harder questions I may get asked.
Sample Interview Questions
Get your mind prepared for your interview. As well as the highlights, consider the weak areas in your CV. Think about how you can talk positively about these.
Get someone to ask you awkward questions, as a rehearsal. For example:
- What do you think are the key skills required for this job?
- What do you think you can bring to this role?
- What do you know about the company?
- Why should we employ you?
- What drives you?
- What concerns you about the role?
- Compare this job to your current (last) one.
- What’s similar or different?
- Tell me about your previous role.
- What did you contribute?
- What did you find challenging?
- What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?
- How long have you been looking for a new job?
- Do you prefer to work in a small or large team?
- What would be your ideal job?
- Are you considering any other positions at the moment?
- What would you current manager say about you?
- What would you peers say about you?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What has been you greatest success?
- Tell me your bad points?
- Are you a leader?
- How do you handle criticism?
- Can you act on your own initiative?
- Tell me about that.
- What motivates you?
- What management style do you prefer?
- In your opinion what’s the best way to motivate people?
- Are you competitive?
- Tell me about change management and how to drive change through organisations?
- Is there anyone who annoyed you in your last job?
- Tell me about that.
- How do you handle conflict?
- Talk to me about conflict that you have experienced?
- How do you perform under pressure?
- Would you relocate?
- Why do you want this job?