INTERVIEWS

GO INTO YOUR INTERVIEW PREPARED!

  • TAKE A COPY OF YOUR CV
  • BE READY TO TALK ABOUT THE EVIDENCE YOU’VE GIVEN ON YOUR CV
  • HAVE A NUMBER OF EXAMPLES READY TO REFER TO. THEY MAY ASK YOU QUESTIONS SUCH AS:
  1. Give an example of a time you helped overcome a problem
  2. Give an example of a time you worked well in a team
  3. Give an example of a time you helped someone else

REMEMBER, NONE OF THESE NEED TO BE IN A WORK ENVIRONMENT. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THE TEAMWORK SKILLS YOU DISPLAYED ON A GROUP HIKING TRIP WHEN YOU GOT LOST AND SOMEONE HURT THEIR ANKLE. YOU CAN TALK ABOUT HOW YOU HELPED YOUR ELDERLY NEIGHBOUR AFTER THEY GOT A HIP REPLACEMENT BY WALKING THEIR DOG EVERY FEW DAYS.

INTERVIEWERS WILL BE USED TO HEARING THE SAME ANSWERS OVER AND OVER; THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX MAY ACTUALLY BE AN ADVANTAGE. DON’T KEEP USING THE SAME EXAMPLE; THEY WANT TO KNOW YOU HAVE LIFE EXPERIENCE AS WELL AS WORK EXPERIENCE.

  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK THEM TO CLARIFY A QUESTION IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND
  • HAVE SOME QUESTIONS READY TO ASK THEM. IF UNSURE, ASK ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT FROM THE ROLE, RATHER THAN WHAT YOU CAN GET FROM IT. FOR EXAMPLE:
  1. Could you tell me the 3 most important responsibilities I would have in this position?
  2. What can I do in the first 3 months that would add value to your organisation?
  3. What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?

REMEMBER, YOU WANT TO FIGURE OUT AS MUCH ABOUT THE POSITION AS POSSIBLE. YOU WANT TO KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD JOB FOR YOU, NOT JUST IF YOU’RE GOOD FOR THE JOB.

THAT BEING SAID, DON’T ASK ABOUT YOUR CONTRACT IN THE INTERVIEW. DON’T ASK ABOUT SICK DAYS OR SALARY OR HOLIDAY PAY. ITS IMPORTANT INFORMATION, BUT THIS ISN’T THE TIME OR PLACE. IF YOU’RE LUCKY, THE COMPANY MIGHT HAVE THIS INFORMATION AVAILABLE ONLINE, IF NOT, SAVE IT FOR YOUR INDUCTION. THE POINT OF THE INTERVIEW IS TO SHOW WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR THEM, NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND.

IF THE BRIEF MENTIONS ANYTHING ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA, THERE’S A STRONG CHANCE SOMEONE ON THE PANEL WILL GOOGLE YOU BEFORE THE INTERVIEW. THEY MAY EVEN ASK YOU ABOUT SOMETHING YOU POSTED ON TWITTER 2 YEARS AGO. BE PREPARED. IF YOU AREN’T PREPARED TO STAND BY WHAT YOU SAID, OR OWN UP TO A MISTAKE IN JUDGEMENT (THIS SHOWS ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERSONAL GROWTH! SILVER LININGS) THEN DELETE THE POST. IF YOU FEEL THEY’RE BEING TOO INAPPROPRIATE, OR THE QUESTIONS ARE IRRELEVANT TO THE ROLE, CHALLENGE THEM ON IT- YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO ASK ‘I’M SORRY IS THIS RELEVANT TO THE POSITION?’. IF THEY PERSIST, DO YOU WANT TO WORK FOR THEM?

YOU GOT THIS x