Interview Tips & Tricks

It’s no secret that the key to a successful interview is prepare, prepare, prepare!

We have collated some of the key areas to assist you with the interview process in a straightforward easy to follow checklist.

In short the things you should do prior to your interview are:

– Research the company

– Think carefully about what you are going to wear

– Practice, if you can, with a friend or family member interview techniques

The things you should do on the day:

– Arrive no less than 10 minutes early

– Listen to the questions and don’t interrupt

– Be honest in your replies

– Have questions prepared to ask the interviewer

1) Questions About You
– Tell me about yourself.
– What makes you unique?
– What motivates you?
– What is your dream job/career?
– How do you get on working with other people?
– Do you work better by yourself?
– Why are you leaving your current job?
– What do you like about your current job?
– What don’t you like about your current job?
– Are you self-motivated?
– What are your greatest strengths?
– What are your greatest weaknesses?
– Do you work well under pressure?
– Describe your typical working day/week.
– Does this job fit in well with your career aspirations?
– What makes you different/stand out from the competition?
– Do you consider yourself a success, if so why?
– Is there anything else I/we should know about you that you haven’t mentioned in your CV?
– Do you have any hobbies?
– Why should we take the risk in hiring you?

2) Are You Qualified For The Role?
– What experience do you have?
– What are/were your responsibilities?
– Are you under or overqualified for this job?
– What are your abilities.
– What part of this role will be the most challenging aspect for you?
– What are your current/past job responsibilities?
– What major challenges in that job did/do you face?
– How did/do you handle these challenges?
– What did you learn from these challenges?
– What was you biggest accomplishment?
– What was you biggest failure?

3) Your Current Situation
– Why are you leaving/have you left your job?
– Why do you want to change career?
– Why were you fired/laid-off?
– Why did you quit/resign?
– What have you been doing since your last job?

4) Why Should We Consider Hiring You
– Why should we hire you?
– What can you contribute to this company and the team?

5) Other Types Of Questions You Might Get Asked

– Why are you leaving your current job?
– Why were you fired or laid-off or did you quit or resign from your job?
– Why do you want to change jobs?
– Why shouldn’t we hire you?
– What problems have you encountered at you current job?
– Tell me something you would have done differently at work.
– How do you perceive success?
– What are your salary expectations?
– What is the biggest criticism you have received at work?
– What things make you angry?
– When was the last time you were angry? How did you respond?
– Describe your ideal boss.
– Have you ever had difficulty working with a client?
– How well do get on working in a fast-paced environment?
– Give me some examples of your teamwork.
– What interests you about this job?
– Why do you want to work here?
– Where do you see yourself five years from now?
– How do you plan to achieve your goals?
– Do you have any questions for us?

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