How to ace that interview

So, you’ve put together a winning CV and got your foot in the door. What’s next? All interviews start with the first impression. So, it’s important to remember some basic common-sense tips so you can ace that interview! Arrive on time, dress smartly, smile when you meet your interviewers, and be professional the minute you enter the building.

Once the interview starts, begin by speaking clearly. Actively think about varying your tone which will show interest and enthusiasm.

Listen to questions carefully and let the interviewer lead the conversation.

Don’t rush, it is fine to take your time to think about your responses to questions. It’s also absolutely okay if you don’t understand a question, as you can always ask for it to be explained or repeated.

Don’t criticise previous employers or co-workers. It can be tempting if it is top of mind, but always steer clear of speaking negatively,

Give examples of your skills that demonstrate your knowledge and skills and show confidence in them.

One well-respected way to answer questions about things you have done is the STAR method (situation, task, action, result).

  • Situation – describe what the situation was.
  • Task – describe the task you had to do.
  • Action – describe what you did to achieve the task.
  • Result – describe the final result.

Here are some examples of questions you might be asked to think about. Your ability to answer them can make or break your chances of getting the job you want and so it’s better if you can come in prepared rather than being put on the spot.

·       Tell me about a time when you had to deliver results in the face of major challenges.

·       Problem-solving: Give an example of a time you solved a major problem for your business.

·        Initiative: Tell me about a time when you demonstrated initiative.

·       Communication: Give an example of how you can adapt your communication style to different audience.

·       Organisation and planning: Tell me about a time you had to organise a large event.

·       Overcoming challenges: Describe a time when you overcame a challenging situation.

·       Adaptability: Tell me about a time when you had to demonstrate adaptability.

Finally, at the end of your interview you will usually be asked if you have any questions. What you ask can go a long way in helping you learn about the role – and impress the employer.

Asking insightful, thoughtful questions can help you gain a deeper understanding of the role you’re applying for and ensure it’s a good fit for you.

These can include questions about the role, the leadership style of the organisation, the size and dynamics of the team you would be working with, organisational culture and next steps.

Now go out and ace that interview!

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