Interview tips to help you prepare

Upon Arrival…

  • Make sure you know who you need to ask for
  • The interviewer may be nervous too! Have some questions prepared to help you relax.
  • You may have to walk to the interview room– perhaps someone else will pick you up to take you to the interviewer?
    • Talk while you walk – it’s all about building a rapport
    • You could discuss the building, their products, their Founder etc.
  • Have any documents to hand and your questions ready. Use a folder for any documentation

Before the interview….

  • Check a map or review any directions you’ve been given
  • Thoroughly review the job spec that you will have been
    provided with by Outsource UK
  • Re-read your CV and print off further copies in case the interviewer requests them
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Leave in plenty of time
  • Plan your journey
  • Have your Outsource contact’s phone number ready so that you can immediately let us know of any delays
  • Remember Murphy’s law…. If it can go wrong, it will! Don’t leave anything to chance.

During the interview……

  • Listen, Listen, Listen! Don’t answer the question you want to answer – answer the one that you’ve been asked!
  • Some interviewers are better than others, help them get the most out of you
  • Body language is key. Don’t slouch – and think about what you will do with your hands.
  • Don’t interrupt. If you think of something important, make a note and come back to it later.
  • If you believe you would be perfect for the job, tell them exactly why.

You could ask….

  • Can you explain / clarify x part of the role in more detail please?
  • What is the culture of the company?
  • Do you have any doubts about my ability to do this job?
  • How does my role fit with the overall vision at your company?
  • When will I hear feedback about this role?
  • What’s the most important way that your company differentiates itself
    from competitors?
  • What might I do to add the greatest value to the business?
  • What kinds of things can I do to prepare myself for the role?

Interview styles……

Competency based interviewing is a popular interview style that many of our clients will use. To summarise, Competency Based Interviewing requires you to draw on past experience and describe specific example of incidents that
demonstrate your competence in particular areas. The theory behind this is
that past work behaviour is a good predictor of future job performance. The
key thing to remember is that when an interviewer asks you a competency
based question, they want you to actually talk about how you have handled
a real situation in the past. Interviewers will probe your answers to gain
further understanding of how you behaved, so it is important to use real life
situations about which you will be able to talk in detail.

An easy way to think about answering a competency question is to use the ‘star’ method…. So for each question you are asked think of:

S – situation (describe the background to the situation)
T – task (describe your responsibility)
A – action (what you did)
R – result (the outcome of your actions)

Be prepared! What would you say if you were asked……

  • What skills/attributes do you think are required for this
    role?
  • What can you contribute?
  • What do you know about us?
  • How long will it be before you can effectively contribute to
    the team?
  • What would your colleagues say about you?
  • What concerns you about the role?
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made?
  • What would your current manager say about you?
  • What motivates you?
  • How would you drive change through an organisation?
  • How do you handle conflict?
  • What management style do you prefer?

Final Preparation Checklist…

  • Have you checked out the company’s website?
  • Are you familiar with the company’s achievements, successes etc.?
  • Have you checked your route and planned for delays?
  • Have you got extra copies of your CV on stand by?
  • Have you got your Outsource contact’s phone number to hand in case of any last minute delays or questions?
  • Have you got some questions ready to ask the interviewer?
  • Have you prepared for the interview questions ‘classics’ – i.e. can you easily list your strengths, weaknesses and achievements?
  • If you are applying for a permanent role, can you speak clearly about why you have left/want to leave your current employer?
  • Do you know what your ‘bottom line’ salary is?

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