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Interview Techniques 


Going for a job interview is a scary prospect for anyone, from the most senior of Managers to an Office Junior. The key to a successful interview is preparation. First impressions are always lasting impressions and sound preparation will make a difference in any interview;

*  Dress smartly and appropriately, business attire, jewellery kept to a

    minimum. Arrive for the interview with plenty of time to spare.
*  Know who you will be meeting and their position
*  When you are introduced to the interviewer, stand up, keep eye contact

    and give them a firm handshake.

*  Never use the interviewers first name unless invited to do so.

What you need to do:
*  Answer in a clear, logical manner that the interviewers can easily follow
*  Pause for thought when you need to, the interviewers won’t think badly of

*  Keep your language specific, positive and, above all, sound interested!
*  Check how many people will be interviewing you, you could be phased by a

    large panel if you were only expecting one person
*  Check on the format of the interview – will there be any tests that you should

    prepare for?
*  Talk to every person in the interview, do not avoid eye contact and make sure

    that you use positive body language
*  By thinking positively about yourself you will project self confidence
*  Avoid giving jokey answers.
*  Avoid complaining about current/former employer or colleagues  you may be

    seen as a gossip or troublemaker
*  Do not raise discussions regarding salary in the early stages
*  Remember to switch off your mobile
How would you describe the culture of the firm? Eg Open door policy?
Who do you consider are your main competitors
What are the long term prospects for the successful candidate?
How do you appraise the performance of your staff?
What is the next step?  2nd interview?
Do you have any concerns about progressing my application?

Remember successful communication is made up of 70% body language,      20% tone and 10% the word.

*  Sit down in a relaxed, open position.

*  Make frequent eye contact with the interviewer.

*  An occasional nod of the head shows you are interested and understand

    what is being discussed.

*  A smile is a sign of confidence.


Questions you may be asked:

Potential Questions that you may ask:

Describe your present job?

Is this a new or existing position?

Why do you want to leave your present job?

Can you describe a typical day in this role?

What are the best and worst aspects of your present job?

To whom would I report?

What do you understand this job to be about?

How would you describe the working environment?

What qualities do you have that will make you successful in this role?

What job related training programmes are there?

Why do you want to join our company?

What support would I receive to ensure that I am successful in this role?

What do you know about our company and its business?

Do you have any additional information on the job/company that I can take away with me?

Describe you strengths and weaknesses?

What is the next stage of the interviewing process?

What motivates you?

When will you be making your final decision?

What type of environment do you enjoy working in?

Have I done enough to convince you that I really want this job?

What are your plans for the future and where to you want to be in 5 years time?


What will you do if you are unsuccessful at this stage?



Interview Techniques – Competency Based


Competency Based Interviewing is used so that a candidate can best show how they would demonstrate certain behaviours/skills in the workplace by answering questions about how they have reacted to and dealt with previous workplace situations.


You will be asked to give an example of a situation or task which led you to take a certain course of action. 


Competency based interview questions are designed to let every candidate have the same chance to demonstrate their ability by giving examples of what they have actually done. 

You can prepare for the interview in the normal way by researching the company, making sure you are able to talk through the work and skills that you have described on your CV.


*  Describe a project you have been responsible for?

*  How did you plan your time?

*  How did you deal with obstacles?

*  In your current job, how do you schedule your time and set priorities?

*  How did you prepare for this interview?

*  Tell me about a time when you have started a new job

*  How did you go about building an effective working relationship with your


*  What effect did that have on the success of the team?

*  Describe an occasion where you chose not to work as part of a team. 

The last thing you say to the interviewer may be the one that sticks in their mind. Give the interviewer a firm handshake, smile and thank them for their time.


Ring us as soon as you can after the interview with your feedback and we can telephone our client to let them know of your interest and get their feedback for you.