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Company and interview research

Company

You need to show that you understand the company - What industry does it operate in? What challenges does it face? Who are its competitors? What major projects has it recently completed? The more you know the better. Good research should raise questions. If you ask these at interview it can show how genuine your interest is.

Role

Read the job description thoroughly. Go over how your skills and qualifications match the role you're applying for. It's vital that you can explain why you want the job, that you understand the role and, even more importantly, why the employer should choose you over other candidates.

The interviewer

On your interview confirmation we will include who your interviewer will be. Use LinkedIn and the company website to find out more about their professional interests and experience. This will help you to connect with your interviewers and creative a positive impression during the interview.

Questions

You should consider how you'll answer common interview questions, as well as preparing some questions you'd like to ask the interviewer. When questions are asked, consider repeating the question to make sure you have understood. If you don't understand the question, ask for clarification, it will show you are listening, and that you want to get things right. When answering questions try to give real examples of how you deal or have dealt with certain situations in the past. It is often worth asking, 'Does that answer your question?'

Planning

Exactly when and where is the interview taking place? Have you planned your journey and checked the timetables for any public transport you need to take? Make sure you eat beforehand; you won't give your best performance on an empty stomach. Avoid spicy foods and carbonated drinks as they could make you feel uncomfortable.

What to Wear

Always dress smartly for an interview, no matter the position. By looking professional, you’re telling the interviewer that you are serious about the role. If there's a dress code the client has recommended, your consultant will inform you. Make sure that your clothes are ironed, and your shoes are clean.

Interview Questions Hints and Tips

Planning your answers to the most common job interview questions can help you feel more relaxed and confident – even if you can't predict exactly what you'll be asked.

Be You

It's not just about the content of your answers – it's about the way you answer them.

Be Confident

Confidence and enthusiasm are particularly important. Maintain good eye contact and try to smile when you can!

Be Prepared

Preparing in advance for some of the questions you expect to come up against will enable you to put in the best performance on the day.

Common questions you're most likely to face...

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
How do you prioritise your work?
What made you apply for this role?
What are your goals?
What makes you a suitable candidate for us?
Do you have any questions?
What are your weaknesses?

Good Questions to Ask: Some Pointers!

At the end of the interview you are asked if you have any questions, always answer yes to leave you with a good impression. This is also a chance for you to find out more about the employer and display your enthusiasm for the role. Here is a handful of examples of good questions to ask...
What are the training and progression opportunities?
Is there anything about me that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role?
Where do you think the company is headed over the next five years?
Relate the research
What do you enjoy about working here?
And if you're stuck!
Can you tell me more about the team I would be working in?

After the Interview

As your job interview comes to an end, make sure you find out when you'll be informed of the outcome – and thank the interviewer for giving you the chance to attend.
Once you leave the interview please call the consultant straight away to give them your interview feedback they will support you in hopefully what will be the next steps.

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