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Interview Techniques

So, your 'killer CV' has won you an interview. Now your aim is to get the job, or at least get to the next interview stage. Key to being a shining star at interviews is Preparation, Preparation, Preparation. This page will give you tips and help you plan for some of the questions you may be asked. Hold your cursor over the bubbles opposite and the advice appears in the top bubble.

What is the Interview for?

Interviews are a two-way thing. The client wants to make the right cultural/personality fit as well as ensuring you have the specific skills to do the job. Likewise you, the applicant, want to see if you are going to be happy working with them.

Quick Tips

Get the Basics Right first

  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early
  • Create a good impression
  • Dress smartly as for a business meeting.
  • Make eye contact and be aware of body language.
  • Know the names and positions of the people interviewing you
  • Relax and be yourself

Show an interest - have questions of your own to ask

  • Where will this job be in 6 months time?
  • How does your company stay ahead of the competition?
  • What sort of clients do you have?
  • What is your staff turnover like?
  • Will there be a chance to do some training?
  • Are you planning to grow and how?

Be ready to answer the '6 Specials':

  • What are your reasons for wanting to move?
  • Why do you want to join the company?
  • How much do you know about what this company does?
  • Why should we choose you for this position?
  • What are your long-term career plans?
  • Can you explain your total figure analysis? (i.e. interview v placement ratios, placement fees etc.)

Ensure you know all about the Company:

  • Read up on their history, specialisms, culture, targets, etc
  • Visit their website and inwardly digest.
Piper Ley-Wilson