THE INTERVIEW

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Greet your interviewer standing, with a strong, firm handshake and a smile! Good body language is vital. Sit up straight with both feet on the floor. Speak clearly and confidently. Try and maintain a comfortable level of eye contact throughout. A standard interview will generally start with an introductory chat, moving on to questions specific to your application and experience. General information about the company and role may follow, finishing with an opportunity for you to ask your own questions. Be familiar with your resume and  prepared to answer questions from it. Similarly, ensure you have read the job description thoroughly and think of ways in which your experience will benefit your potential employer. Think about your answers to more difficult questions and do not give irrelevant detail.

Be concise – avoid one word answers, however. Be ready to ask questions that you have prepared beforehand. This can demonstrate you have thought about the role and done some research on the organization. Show your enthusiasm for the role, even if you have some reservations. These can be discussed at a later stage.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: The more you know, the less you’ll panic. In general, be prepared to talk about: Problem solving, Any gaps in your resume The famous question – “What’s your greatest weakness?” Everyone has weaknesses. The important thing is to pick the most forgivable one for the role you’re doing. Other things to cover in your preparation include your: Motivations, Expectations, Long term  career plan

TOP INTERVIEW QUESTIONS ( Try to personalize your response as much as possible )

Question: Tell me about yourself. Answer: Identify some of your main attributes and memorize them. Describe your qualifications, career history and range of skills, emphasizing those skills relevant to the job on offer.

Q: What have your achievements been to date? A: Select an achievement that is work-related and fairly recent. Identify the skills you used in the achievement and quantify the benefit it had to the company.

Q: What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it? A: The purpose of this question is to find out    what your definition of difficult is and whether you can show a logical approach to problem solving. In order to show yourself in a  positive light, select a difficult work situation which was not caused by you and which can be quickly explained in a few sentences. Explain how you defined the problem, what the options were, why you selected the one you did and what the outcome was. Always end on a positive note.

Q: What are your strengths? A: List three or four proficiencies e.g. your ability to learn quickly, determination to succeed, positive attitude, your ability to relate to people and achieve a common goal. You may be asked to give examples of the above so be prepared.

Q: What is your greatest weakness? A: Do not say you have none – this will lead to further problems. Use a professed weakness such as a lack of experience (not ability) on your part in an area that is not vital for the job.

Q: Why have you applied for this particular job? A: The employer is  looking for evidence that the job suits you, fits in with your general aptitudes, coincides with your long-term goals and involves  doing things you enjoy.  Make sure you have a good understanding of the role and the organization, and describe the attributes of the organization that interest you most.

Other questions to consider:

How does your job fit in to your department and company?

What do you enjoy about this industry?

What kind of people do you find it difficult to work with?

What are you looking for in a company?

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