Perfecting your interview technique
The London job market continues to throw up new challenges for job seekers. Competition for roles is still pretty fierce and it can be hard to get on the bandwagon if you have limited practical work experience in the areas you are applying.
Investing in a new starter can be costly. Learning the ropes in a new company can take time. This is why preparing for interviews is so important. It’s not just about filtering through the job description and matching your experience and skills, it is about researching the industry, looking at competitors, researching any news or publicity and considering very carefully how you would answer the questions that may be asked in interview.
Here are three of the most popular questions that our clients ask in interview:
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
What skills did you employ or gain in the process?
This is a great question to prepare for as it will give you the opportunity to talk about what you did, challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Your answer and your choice of project should be relevant to the role you are applying for, and it should ideally demonstrate skills that you will be using in the job. Your answer to this question should demonstrate your communication skills and ability to articulate your answers in an interesting and engaging way. In addition you should use this moment to highlight any relevant skills and experience you have for the job as well as your ability to learn new things and develop as an individual.
Give me an example of when you have worked in a team and what was your role in the team.
This question looks at your ability to work with a range of people. It will allow you to show your future employer your ability to work with people, solve problems, and be creative, supportive or encouraging. It will also, in the way you describe the situation, highlight your attitude and approach to work and people you work with, in general.
You should be able to give specific examples of any of the above and for me this is a question which can often make or break an interview. If you are a recent graduate then don’t worry about your limited work experience. Popular examples could come from any project based tasks that you have undertaken throughout your studies or when you participated in any extracurricular activities.
Why do you want to work here?
This question will allow you to show your interest in the business and give you the opportunity to show that you have done your research.
Considerations should include the overall company reputation (including any accolades, industry offerings), the industry itself and the actual job you are applying for.
It is important to show that you are committed to the daily tasks of the role, the culture of the company and team as well as the long term opportunities that may or may not be on offer.
To think about the kind of person they would hire, look at the people profiles on the website and consider any characteristics that are used to describe them. These will be important to the culture of the business.
It is worth remembering that all interviews will be different both in structure and approach but hopefully these questions may help you in your preparation for future interviews. By considering these questions and rehearsing your answers, as well as researching the company on the web you should be much more confident in being able to present yourself as the candidate the company is looking to hire.