Interview Techniques

Preparation for an interview is the most important thing to undertake prior to an interview.

What are the questions you may be asked?

  • Why are you leaving your present employer?
  • What are your key skills?
  • Provide an example of a time when you have demonstrated a particular skill?
  • What do you know about our Company?
  • How would you deal with an employee who wasn't performing?
  • What can this company offer you that your current company doesn't?

Always remember - Interview Advice

  • Any interview is a sales situation ie you are selling yourself .
  • Always consider your skills and consider how you could add value to their business.
  • Make sure to arrive on time.
  • Have a firm handshake.
  • Wear suitable clothing.
  • Look alert and interested.
  • Avoid negativity about your current employer.

Assessment centre advice - What is it?

An Assessment centre is when an employer gathers a number of Candidates together for interviews and testing for a specific amount of roles.
As well as conducting interviews and potential personality and aptitude tests Clients can be interested in looking at group interaction and your ability to work as part of a team while performing a set group task. A role play may be required to test your suitability for the role.

Points to remember.

  • Turn up on time and make sure you are well presented as you would be for any interview.
  • Don't worry too much if you perform badly on an exercise. Clients are usually looking for an overall score on the day. However be aware that there may be a minimum score that is required in each exercise. If one part of the day doesn't go well don't lose your confidence.
  • Answer all psychometric test questions as honestly as possible without trying to skew the answers to what you think the client wants to hear.
  • In group exercises Clients are usually looking for individuals who are not overly aggressive whilst at the same time demonstrating management capability (if its a management assessment day). The ability to communicate effectively is important while listening to other people's opinion.
  • The interview may take place with one or more of the assessors and they may bring up answers that you gave in the day.