Interview Preparation

Interview Preparation

 6 Feb 2019

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    Interview Prep
Getting candidates prepared for their interview is a big part of our role as a recruiter.  We try to give as much information regarding the interview as possible.  Whether the interview is competency based, technical or just a discussion through your CV the key to being successful is definitely being prepared!
 
Some employers will give out a list of the competencies that they will ask questions about.  When you are given such key information it is important to make sure you use this.  If you are not given a list of competencies make sure you have a thorough read of the job spec and make a list of the key skills they are looking for, this will give you a good idea of what topics may come up, helping you anticipate some of the questions that may arise.  There are a number of ways to approach a competency based interview.  The main method you tend to hear about is the ‘STAR’ (Situation, Task, Action and Result) OR ‘CAR’ (Context, Action, Result) approach.  These approaches help you ensure you are giving structured answers and help avoid going off on a tangent.  It is always useful to prepare some answers and have different scenarios thought of that will be suitable around the different competencies. Interviewers can clearly tell when candidates have spent the time preparing and have done their research.  Here is a useful link from the Guardian to help you prepare - https://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/star-technique-competency-based-interview
 
So now that you have done your individual prep, what else can you do?  One typical question that employers will ask is why you want to work for their organisation so make sure you do your research on the company.  Why do you want to join them?  As well as researching the company we also tell our candidates to look into the person who will be conducting the interview.  LinkedIn is a great tool for this and can give you an insight into their background and their role within the business. 
 
It is key to remember that an interview is a 2 way street.  Whilst the employer is keen to learn about you, your skills and what you can bring to the company it is also your chance to find out more about the role and the company to ensure it is the right position for you.  Don’t be scared to ask questions, not just about the job itself but about the environment as a whole.   For example, in their opinion (the interviewer) what makes the company a great place to work?  You could also ask for information regarding the team you would be working.  Read further question ideas here: https://www.redconsult.co.uk/blog/view/72/10-questions-to-ask-at-your-interview.aspx
 
Interviews will always usually a daunting prospect but the more prepared you are the more relaxed you will feel.

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