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Interview Practice

For almost any job that you go for you are likely to have to go to at least one job interview and likely many more!

Why do we have interviews?

question.gifThe purpose of an interview is so that your potential employer can talk to you and see what kind of a person you are. It is part of the hiring process and gives the employer a chance to see what you are really like to talk to.

  • Types of Interview:

    • Telephone Interview - Telephone interviews are becoming more and more common, so be prepared that if someone says they are going to phone for a ‘chat’, you should treat it like an interview!
    • Traditional face-to-face Interview
    • Skype Interviews –these are becoming more common and can be particularly useful if you live a long way away from where the role is based.
  • Preparing for the Interview

    Job Description


    What skills / knowledge / qualities are they looking for AND how can you show that you have them?

    If there is a skill that they have asked for but you don’t have it, think about how you might discuss this at interview. Can you show that you are a quick learner and that you would pick it up quickly? Can you give a similar example from a skill that you do have? 

    Make sure you understand the role that you are going to apply for and how it fits in to their company.

    Your CV and Application


    Know what you have sent in your application and think about what questions might come up from that. This is all that the interviewers have to go on to prepare questions for you, so you can try and guess what they might ask.

    For example if your CV says that you spent 1 week doing work experience in a similar job, they will probably ask you questions about what you did during that week and how you found the experience. 

    About them


    Make sure you know about who they are and what they do. What is their business and how does it work? Where would you fit in with their business?

    You should also look into their competition. Who are their main competitors? What makes them different from their competition?

    It is also beneficial to look into the industry that they are in. What is going on in that industry at the moment and is there anything relevant in the newspapers?

    About You


    This bit would seem the easiest but in fact needs a lot of thought and preparation. They will want to know about you and your motivations. For a list of possible questions have a look at the Second Floor.

    Guessing the questions


    You can try and guess what an  interviewer might ask you; have a think about what you have been asked in previous interviews, about what you would ask if you had to interview someone yourself and what your family and friends have asked when you’ve been practicing with them.

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