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					Job interview tips

Find out about the company

Make sure to complete your research on the company you are interviewing with. Find out exactly
what products or services the company creates or offer, how big is it, how many employees it has,
who are the key personnel and the company’s history.

Read the Job description

You need to be thoroughly acquainted with the job description. Read it again. Make bullet-point
notes on the tasks, responsibilities, location, and the structure of the team. Note any requirements
which are unique to the job and think about your skills and experience in relation to the

Personal specification

A Personal specification will list the attributes which the company is looking for in the individual they
will appoint. Read the personal specification. Make bullet-point notes so you can remember what
they want. Think about the parts of the specification that relate directly to your skills in preparation
for the interview.

Your application

This is the information that you provided and it’s what they’ve used to short-list you for interview.
You may have stated specific reasons for your interest in the post, for example. You don’t want to be
saying something different at the interview. Make sure your thoughts are in line with the

Standard interview questions

Interviewers will ask certain standard questions. They’re important. Think about the answers in
advance, so that you can answer them clearly and concisely. The questions:

· What are your qualifications?
· Why do you want the job?
· How do your skills and experience match the requirements of the post?
· What jobs have you done previously?
· What did you achieve in those jobs?
· Why did you leave them?
· What is the reason for any gaps in your employment?
· What are your long term ambitions?
From your research into the company, and your review of the job description, person description
and your application, other probable questions may occur to you. Note them down. Think about
your answers to these as well.

Prepare your list of questions

You will nearly always be asked if you have any questions. The research you’ve done into the
company may naturally throw up some general questions. Think about questions relating to your
role and enquire about the next stage in the interview process.

At the interview
Prepare properly and you should feel confident that you can answer whatever question(s) the
interviewer may put to you. But no matter what you say, you might lose the job if you don’t know
how to look and express yourself. So:

· Dress well
· Give a strong handshake
· Smile
· Establish good eye contact
· Show enthusiasm
· Express interest in the company and the job
· Be confident in yourself and in your abilities

Go into detail
The interview offers you an opportunity to expand on the information on your application form.
Think about your previous, relevant experience, and any successful outcomes, and be prepared to
describe this in detail so that the interviewer understands that you have the skills and expertise to
do the job capably and well.

Not every interview ends in success

Don’t worry if you are not successful. You might not have performed as well as you could have, true.
But then again, the interviewers might have been looking for someone with a completely different
kind of personality or experience. If they decide not to appoint you, it’s not an absolute judgement
on your employability. Sometimes, that’s just the way it goes

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