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Interview Advice

Congratulations! Your CV and Covering letter has made an impact and you are through to the next part of your job searching process… The Interview.  This area will help you to understand the importance of preparation, things you can expect from an interview and hopefully improve your interview techniques to improve your chances of securing that all important job offer.

The different types of interviews…
Interview types will vary for each job and company preferences, below is a list of the most common interviewing styles.

Telephone Interviews: Companies often choose to speak with Candidates before inviting them in for a formal interview. These questions are usually pre-set and will require you to show your enthusiasm and skills with no visual feedback.

Initial Interview: An employer will choose to arrange short interviews of up to 30 minutes in order to narrow down a large number applications before creating another shortlist to arrange more in-depth meetings.

Panel/Board Interviews: A number of employers sat in the meeting from different areas of the organisation, this enables the employer to ask all relevant questions in one meeting.

Assessment Days: These usually consist of a company presentation followed by various exercises for the applicants, which could include any of the following… group tests, role plays, psychometric tests and planned/unplanned interviews and presentations.

Group Interviews: This is an informal or formal meeting which the employer can express the benefits of you joining their organisation. You will be assessed during this whole process, this type of interview is usually followed by a formal meeting at a later date.

Formal Interviews: This is the most common style of interview and held when only a small number have been short listed.

No matter what your style of interview you attend, preparation and good first impressions are always the key to success.

• Turn up on time and ensure you are polite to everyone you meet.
• Make sure you make an effort to speak to everyone in the room, this is usually for just Panel Interviews.
• Find out as much as you can about the company and job available for example, why is the position vacant? What they expect from you as an employee?
• Make the most of your research- mention what you know and facts you have picked up about the company however, keep them positive.
  Do Not:
• Do NOT be late, ensure you have planned your route and try to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
• Answer any questions with another question.
• Criticise previous or current employers/staff.
• Interrupt the interviewers.
• Leave without finding out the next step or when you should expect to hear from them again.

Research has shown that an Interviewer will form 80% of their opinion based on the first four minutes of your interview, so it’s important to dress smart and behave in the correct manner. The interview will allow Interviewers/company to evaluate your personality, skills and suitability for the possible vacancy. Most interviewers still expect potential employees to look smart no matter what style of interview you are attending, so dress to impress unless stated otherwise.

Interview summary…
1. Preparation – have you researched the company, found out enough about the position and most importantly have you planned your journey and allowed for traffic?
2. Anticipation – Think about the types of questions they are likely to ask you and have some pre-planned questions that you want to find out, after all you will want to know if this job is right for you too.
3. Impressions – always remember that first impressions count, behave in the appropriate manner, dress smart and explain clearly your skills and experience to ensure they are left impressed.
4. Positivity – walk into your interview with positivity and passion, always expect to do well and you will.