Interview Technique

Fail to plan, plan to fail. The interview process is rarely the same from one employer to the next, so planning and preparation is absolutely crucial.

We’ve been receiving interview feedback for decades, so we’re in a great place to advise on how to make the best possible impression at interview stage.

Take a look at our Slideshare guide to being prepared for an interview, then read our detailed tips below.

Be informed: Before each interview, review your CV and any application forms you may have completed. The interviewer will expect you to be familiar with both, and you’ll need to show that you’ve addressed the key requirements of the role. Using real life work and life experiences to showcase your skills and experience is a great way to reassure the interviewer that you’re right for the job, so ensure you prepare examples beforehand. Competency Based Interviewing is becoming widely used and therefore apply the basics and ensure you qualify your comments in order to back up your statements.

Do your research: Discover as much information about the company and the role as possible. Digest the company’s website and any social networks to get a feel for its products or services, structure, projects, and values. 

Preparation, planning and punctuality: Understanding what the interviewer wants is key to interview success, and there’s no substitute for preparation. Know the names and titles of who you’ll be meeting. Plan your route and be on time, or have their contact details to hand in case unavoidable delays occur. Arriving in good time will also allow you to collect your thoughts before the interview begins. Of course you should always dress to impress, but an awareness of specific company culture and dress codes will help you to look the part.

Your questions: You’ll need to show a genuine interest in the role and the company, so be prepared with thoughtful and perceptive questions. This is also a chance for you to ask questions to gauge whether the opportunity is right for you. Take into account any information already provided during the interview and prepare back-up questions in case some of them have already been covered. You could ask:

  • What are the future plans for the company?
  • What investment in training and/or development can I expect in this position?
  • What are the career development opportunities that may be available in the next few years?
  • How would you describe the culture and environment of the organisation?

Their questions: Be prepared with answers for questions you think they may ask. For instance:

  • Why do you want to work for us and why do you want this position?
  • What do you know about the company?
  • Give examples of your strengths.
  • What do you like/dislike about your current job role?
  • Why are you looking for a new position?
  • What has been your greatest achievement to date?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your aspirations for the future?
  • What can you offer your new company?

Focus on your achievements when responding, and remember to remain positive.

Feedback: Finally, ask what the follow-up procedure is, and when you can expect to hear from them. Now’s your chance to tell the interviewer if you are interested in the position, and of course, thank them for their time.

To find out how Millbank can help you take the next step in your career, call 01928 751000 or contact your consultant.

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