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Ace your interview

feel confident during your interview

Body language

Walk into your interview confidently - with your head up, a smile on your face and a positive attitude. Shake the interviewer's hand firmly and maintain eye contact with them throughout your interview. Ensure your body language remains positive for the duration of the interview. 

Be aware of the way you are sitting and how you express yourself throughout the conversation. Employers will be assessing your every move and not just the answers you are providing.

Answering questions

Be confident and thoughtful - but make sure you are concise. Stay focused and try to avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. Make sure you are highlighting your strengths wherever possible without sounding arrogant. Remember to back up your skills with examples in your work history. If you don’t know the answer to a question, be honest and ask if you can come back to that question once you have given it a bit more thought.

When explaining why you are leaving your present or former employers, be brief. Just explain the situation and avoid making any negative remarks. It is best not to discuss salary unless the interviewer specifically asks about this.

Most importantly, try to enjoy the interview! Stay relaxed and be yourself as far as possible. Experienced interviewers will often spot if you are pretending to be something you are not.

Common interview questions

The type of questions you will be asked vary depending on the position and company. We’ve collected some common types for you to be aware of.

Ice-breakers

Interviewers often start with personal questions to break the ice and get you relaxed. Take this opportunity to assess the tone and style of your interviewer.

Your skills

You will always be asked questions around your own skill set, your technical ability and professional experience. You will also be asked about your past achievements and future aspirations. Examples of these questions include:

“What skills and attributes can you offer?”

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

‘Behavioral’ questions

These are not as bewildering as they sound - although they are difficult to prepare for. These questions may involve hypothetical situations, past scenarios, or professional ethics and values. These types of questions are likely to be based around the following: 

  • Accountability and performance
  • Analytical ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Conflict management
  • Decision making

Examples include:

“Tell me about a time when you delegated a task effectively?”

“Give me an example of a time you found a project difficult to finish? How did you go about it?”

Questions to ask your interviewer

Remember that every interview is a two-way process. Always prepare a few questions of your own as you need to evaluate the employer as much as they need to evaluate you. 

Try and show the interviewer you have given serious thought to joining their organisation. Examples of questions you can ask, if not already covered, include:

“What training and development is on offer for staff?”

“What do you see as the key criteria for someone to succeed in this role?”