Interview advise and tips.

Interview advice and tips Interview advice and tips When you have an interview coming up, it seems everyone you ask has their good tips to impress.

Job interview tips,How to make a good first impression.

An interview is a discussion in person, by phone or online, between you and an employer.

The interviewer will ask you to describe a situation which demonstrates your abilities that will be integral to the role you are interviewing for.

Why apply for this job, what appeals to you about this position?

Make sure that you mention the good reputation of the company or organisation and the positive attributes that you are keen to be part of.

Show how familiar you are with the job description and how this meets your career aspirations.

 For example:

“I am excited about the challenges this job will entail, and this suits my current skill set to enable me to learn more.”

moreover, “The environment is what I am looking for and working alongside other experienced colleagues will be an asset to my development.”

Using your initiative, give an example of when you had to do this

In this response, you want to show how you have responded in a particular context; an employer will see how you might operate in their workplace. The most important aspect in answering this question is the outcome, or result.

There is no point in showing initiative if it does not have a good effect – otherwise, it might indicate that you have no end product or solution.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

It can be a tricky question to answer because you want to show that whatever weaknesses you might have these are turned into an advantage. Avoid trying to make yourself look bad by going overboard on weakness. Show your awareness of telling them how you manage this gap in the workplace.

Talk about strengths that are going to help with the job you are applying for or to the interviewer, avoid using words like.

Take your time, so it is not obvious you have prepared your answers beforehand, but that you are genuine in your approach.

What are your long term career aspirations?

In answering this question it is key that you show some ambition and drive, but not arrogance.

Indicate that although you have some personal career aspirations, you have not thought long term, but within the next five years, you would like to achieve or be doing 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

Make sure you avoid vague answers such as

“I would like to develop and grow with additional responsibility offered to me” instead of state what you want to be doing and name the role you aspire to do in the future.

How do you cope with stressful situations?

Whether you choose to tell them about a disagreement, disappointment or a decision that you did not like, potential employers will be looking at and assessing your coping attributes and how robust you were and are. Always include what you learnt from it and how you learnt and built on the experience.

What five adjectives that describe you?

The employer is trying to gather information about your personality that may not come out in the application form.

Try to keep your answers positive and relate them back to the particular job you are applying for ‘Innovative’ is admirable, but perhaps less so if the job requires you to follow a process to the last letter.

Make sure you come across as a team player, even when required to work independently, as you always have to answer to someone unless self-employed.

 Tell the truth

Although it can be tempting to embellish or alter the fact sometimes, it should always be opposed since lies have a way of coming to the surface one way or another.

Being found not telling the truth undermines your whole credibility and does untold damage. Employers see honesty and integrity as vital qualities in the people they work to represent their company.

Being marked a liar is at best, extremely embarrassing, and at worst could cost you your job, or even your damaged reputation.

Even if a lie is never shown, it is always a source of niggling stress that can reduce your day to day, knock your confidence on the job in case it might be found out.


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