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Interview Advice & Questions

A job interview can occur in a range of different ways and knowing exactly what the format of your interview will be, prior to it taking place, is absolutely vital to your chances of success. Interviews can be face to face, over the telephone, in the form of an assessment day or maybe even online in the form of testing / presentation. Whether you are going to your first ever interview, or you are a seasoned professional, the different methods of interviewing are constantly evolving. So making sure you know how it is done and preparing accordingly cannot be under-estimated. Even a discussion with a recruitment consultant can form the first stage of a potential interview process!

One cannot be too prepared when it comes to an interview and some of our top words of advice can be seen below:

  • Know the interview format before it takes place. Speak to your recruitment agency who can tell you what to expect, when to expect it and what the potential pitfalls may be.
  • Dress smartly with a clean and crease free suit / dress, shirt and polished shoes. How you present yourself may be the way the interviewer will feel you will represent their business.
  • Engage with the interviewer as soon as you arrive with obvious eye contact, a welcoming smile and a professional handshake. First impressions go a long way.
  • Prepare questions to ask on the business, the job and the working environment. Showing an all round interest will help the client to feel your enthusiasm / commitment.
  • If you do not fully understand a question, or you misheard it, do not be afraid to ask for the question again. The worse thing you can do is guess what was asked.
  • Make sure you answer the question you are being asked and not what you think they want to know about you. By doing this it may raise concerns on your levels of communication or even to your expertise in the subject they were questioning.

Read more on this article with Typical Interview Questions

An interview is a two way process! Do remember that you are assessing the new potential business / colleagues as much as they are understanding your suitability. For that reason you should remain calm as you are as much in control as your interviewer.