Preparation for and Attending an Interview
Almost every employer will use an interview, in some shape or form, as part of their selection process. Enormous amounts of research have been conducted into interviews and many books have been written on the subject and it would be impossible here to describe all the various forms and possible permutations of the interview that you may encounter. There are a few general guidelines, which can help you in an interview.
The Interview – check list
Review the following points in preparation for your interview:-
-Are you sure about where and when you are expected to interview and who you will be seeing?
-Have you been asked to take anything with you or is there anything you feel it would be useful to take e.g. portfolio of work?
-Have you a copy of your CV or job specification form to take with you?
-Have you practised answers to some of the questions you think may come up.?
-Have you put together a list of questions that you want to ask during the interview?
-Have you read through all the information about the organisation you were sent?
The key to successful performance in an interview is preparation. You should be familiar with what you have written in your CV and be familiar with the achievements that you have claimed. It is a good idea to take a copy of your CV with you for reference, if appropriate. For each of your achievements, you should be prepared to talk about them if asked and be able to talk in such a way that you can vividly describe the background situation, what you decided to do, how you did it and what the result was. You should practice and be prepared to talk about what you did in the first person, using “I” rather than “we” and you should have practiced to ensure that your answers are not more than two minutes in length.
Further background information
You should be able to answer a range of questions , among which almost inevitably there will be in some form:-
-Tell me about yourself?
-What are your strengths and weaknesses?
-Why do you want to leave your current job?
-Why do you want to work here?
-What have you got to offer this organisation?
-Where do you see yourself in five years?
and the big question
What do you expect as a salary?
remembering you can only get what you can negotiate
You should have thought about these questions in advance and have considered how you will answer. Again, the two minute rule applies and be honest and to the point. (To Part 6)