Interview tips – Having successfully secured the interview, you now need to give yourself the best possible chance on the day.
- Preparation is the key; make sure you know about the organisation and the role you are being interviewed for.
- Be sure you know where you are going. Take the company’s telephone number in case you are delayed.
- As soon as you arrive you will be making an impression in reception so bear that in mind.
- Dress professionally, be smart.
- Be confident; with a firm handshake, make eye contact and be cheerful (smile).
- Be prepared to ask questions and be enthusiastic.
- Pre-empt the questions you will be asked so you are confident with your responses.
- Make sure that by the time you leave that your questions or concerns are dealt with, so you are able to give the role and organisation your full consideration.
- Don’t be late.
- Don’t show a lack of interest. During the interview you may discover the role is not for you. Tempting as it may be, never show a lack of interest. Think long term and think about who they may know. Make a good impression as there may be something more appropriate in the business you can be considered for.
- Don’t be negative about your current or previous employers.
Examples of Interview Questions you may be asked
WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR FIRM?
An obvious question but can catch candidates off-guard. To answer this you need to have done a bit of research. You do not need to know everything there is to know but showing that you have some knowledge about the firm’s background is a positive to display in the interview.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK HERE?
This may be tied into what do you know about the firm and you need to reply showing what you understand the firm can offer you in terms of job satisfaction and career development. If you are aware of the firm’s reputation for offering experience in specialist fields e.g. the Motor Industry, Tax Planning, Corporate Finance and it is relevant to the role you are being interviewed for, then highlight it.
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR CURRENT EMPLOYER?
This could be a trick question as no employer wants to take on someone they think will leave after a short time if in their opinion the reasons you want to leave will exist within their firm too. This question could also relate to any other positions you have had in the past so you should always have an acceptable and positive answer. Some reasons are suggested below:
- CHALLENGE – You have outgrown the role and there is no further progression you can make.
- LOCATION – Either you are relocating or as a result of increased traffic on the roads the journey has become unreasonably long which may be affecting your study time or personal life in some way.
- MONEY – Which may be linked to “challenge” above. If you are progressing with your exams and skills development, you may find that the financial rewards are not increasing as you have outgrown the role and the firm cannot afford someone at your level.
- SECURITY – You may be concerned about the stability of your position within the the firm. There may have been a downturn in business and you may be concerned about redundancy.
These tips and suggestions are not exhaustive but serve to highlight the importance of being prepared. At Wavelength we ensure that candidates are briefed as far as possible and prepared for an interview to give them the best chance of success.
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