Interviews are a two-way process. It is as important for you to find out about your prospective employer, what is it like to work for them and whether you feel it is the right career move for you. The purpose of the interview is for the interviewer to find out about you, your skills and your potential fit within their organisation.
Outlined below are the key points for preparing for an interview:
– RESEARCH the organisation/firm
– Understand the JOB PROFILE/specification
– Know the name(s) of the interviewers (check their PROFILES on their company website/Linkedin)
– Check the FORMAT of the interview
– Re-read your CV – be able to talk through career moves /EXPERIENCE to date
– Prepare QUESTIONS to ask at interview
– Aim to build RAPPORT during the interview – show your personality and enthusiasm for the role.
– Be POSITIVE!
– LISTEN – make sure you have understood the question
– COMPETENCY BASED questions – Use the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result).
These questions are designed for you to give a specific in-depth example of your work. Proven examples (not hypothetical or theoretical examples).
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