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Interview Guide

It’s the old adage “BE PREPARED”!

Ensure that you know where you are going, who you are meeting, directions, interview format, your suit is clean and pressed, shoes clean, hair tidy etc. Ensure that you have a good understanding of the company, what they do, you have looked at their website and reread job description and more importantly can match the person specification to your skills/experience.

Your consultant will brief you as fully as possible, but your goal is to use the knowledge you have gained about yourself and the organisation to further demonstrate a “match” between your background and the needs of the employer. The best place to find out further information is from the Internet. Apart from visiting the company’s website, Reuters and Bloomberg should have current data. Alternatively the business/pink pages of the national press are always an excellent research tool.

Have a copy of your CV, references, passport and visa details, examples of your work. Prepare some good questions.

The different types of interview:

One to One – there will be only one person interviewing you.
Panel Interview – there will be a group or panel of people interviewing you.

Types of Questions:

Competency Based – they will ask questions based upon the job competencies for that position which the ideal candidate will have which they are seeking
Behavioural – demonstrate behaviour and skills of a person

Assessing Your Strengths

Assess your skills, and you will identify your strengths. This is an exercise worth doing before any interview. Make a list of your skills, dividing them into three categories:

1. Knowledge-based skills: Acquired from education and experience (e.g., computer skills, languages, degrees, training and technical ability).
2. Transferable skills: Your portable skills that you take from job to job (e.g., communication and people skills, analytical problem solving and planning skills).
3. Personal traits: Your unique qualities (e.g., dependable, flexible, friendly, hard working, expressive, formal, punctual and being a team player).

When you complete this list, choose three to five of those strengths that match what the employer is seeking in the job posting. Make sure you can give specific examples to demonstrate why you say that is your strength if probed further.

For a Full Interview Pack please contact your F4P consultant. You will automatically be sent this with your interview confirmation details.