Interviews are all in the preparation. Get that right and you'll do well on the day. If you've been invited for interview, you've already impressed them on paper, all you need to do now is impress them in person. Easy.
You want to show you've gone the extra mile. So, take the time to research the following ahead of your interview:
Being able to prepare for some of the standard interview questions will not only impress your interviewer, but will also make it a less stressful experience for you on the day. We've provided some of the more common questions below and given you some tips on how to put together your response. And don't forget - practice makes perfect.
Try and keep your answer to about five minutes (if you can). Describe your strengths first and then give the interviewer some of the highlights of your life and career so far. Be positive about the skills and experience you have gained. Keep in mind the position you're being interviewed for and the company culture.
Be specific and positive about what you did. Focus mainly on the responsibilities which match the ones requested for the job you're being interviewed for. Be honest and give as much detail as you can.
Prepare two or three specific examples if you can, making sure they're relevant to the position you're applying for.
Don't be afraid to admit to mistakes. Everyone makes them, it's just what you did as a result that matters. Here you need to turn a negative situation into a positive one.
The quick answer is nothing. You loved it. Don't be too negative about your last job. Instead, use this as an opportunity to talk about yourself and what you're looking for in this new role.
Use an example that showcases the skills needed for the role. Try to structure your response by describing the situation, what the task was, the action you took and what happened as a result. Use facts and figures if you have them, so the interviewer can get a clear picture of how your actions made an impact.
This question is usually asked to see if you're a team player and how you handle difficult situations.
Perhaps one of the most dreaded interview questions. But one that with some preparation can make you stand out from the other applicants.
Be honest and avoid the clichéd answers like being a workaholic - you won't score any points with that one. Instead try turning a negative into a positive.
Alternatively, you could show the interviewer how you have overcome your weaknesses.
This is your chance to highlight how well your strengths directly match you to the job you're applying for.
With this question the interviewer is looking to see if you're a good fit for the role and the organisation. Try to avoid saying that you're motivated by money or benefits.
If the salary wasn't provided on the job advertisement, it might be worth doing some research before the interview to find out how much the job (and you) is worth. You may want to indicate that you're open to negotiation on salary and then wait until an offer is made.
This question is looking to see if you work well with others.
The interviewer needs to know that you're the right person for the job and that you're going to fit in well. Where you can, back up your answer with facts and use the research you have done on the company.
Give concrete examples to reinforce why your skills and achievements make you the best person for the job. Be positive and let them know what you can bring to the company to really make a difference.
Show the interviewer that you've done your homework. Provide relevant and current information about the company and the marketplace in which they operate. Sum up by reinforcing why you want to work there.
Yes you do. You want to make sure that this is the right job and company for you. Prepare your questions in advance, so you don't feel on the spot.
We've covered of some of the most frequently asked interview questions here, there are obviously other which you may be asked, so it's while taking the time to think about and prepare for any other questions which you may feel are more suited to the role. You can find plenty of example questions online on job websites like Monster and totaljobs.
The day's finally arrived. Don't worry if you're a bag of nerves, it only shows how much this job matters to you. Now's your opportunity to put all that preparation into action and show them what makes you the best person for this job.