Below are some general guidelines to help you when you get to the interview stage. If you feel you require help with your interview technique we would be happy to meet you to discuss this further.
Be prepared! Both with us and more importantly with the client.
- Plan your journey - Do you have a map of where you are going? How do you get there? How long will it take?
- Find out as much background information as possible about the company.
- Look on the Internet for relevant information.
- Find out as much as you can about the person who will be interviewing you.
- Bring a copy of your CV with you, in case the client doesn't have one to hand.
- Do you know the format of the interview?
- Will there be a written technical test?
- Don't be late - Call us if you are getting into difficulties.
During the Interview
Be prepared for the types of questions you will be asked:
'Tell me about yourself.'
This is a dangerous question. It seems quite simple but it is so open-ended that it is easy to get lost on the wrong track.
- Keep it short (1-2 minutes)
- Try to keep it to your professional life.
- Only include your personal life if you believe it is relevant to the role.
Other typical interview questions.
- What will you bring to this role?
- What has been your biggest challenge to date?
- How would your boss/friends describe you?
- What would be the ideal role for you?
- Have you any questions?
- What are your weaknesses?
Some companies may require you to do a written technical test so ensure you are prepared in advance for what this may involve.
The interview is very much a two-way street. It's purpose is for both sides to get all the information they can in order to make an informed decision about the next step.
- Always ensure you have questions to ask.
- Before the interview prepare questions to ask the interviewer.
- Avoid questions to do with hours of work, holidays and salary on the first interview as this may give the wrong impression.
Examples of some questions to ask:
- Why did you join the company?
- What advantages do you have over your competition?
- What is your percentage share of the market?
- What training and development do you have in place?
How should I look?
Remember, first impressions last! Before you speak, your interviewer will have formed an opinion about you based on the way you look.
- Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake.
- A suit always looks the smartest - check the dress code.
- Appear confident and interested.