Be Succesful and Get Hired with Our Interview Tips
Well done you have got yourself an interview. All the hard work and effort you put into your C.V or application form has paid off. The employer has seen your potential and they want to know more. Enjoy this moment, let it sink in and be proud.
The mere thought of an interview can be nerve-racking. But don’t let that put you off, remember you got yourself to the next stage of the process. So take a deep breath, and let us help coach you on how you can prepare for your interview and get hired!
What is an Interview, why is it so important?
What is an interview?
An interview is an opportunity for the employer to meet a potential employee. This gives an employer an opening to see if you are the right person for the job. It helps the employer to decided if you will fit in with the rest of the team. It also helps them gauge if your skills match the job requirements.
It is not all about the employer, it is your chance to shine and show why you are the right person for the job. Dazzle them with your winning personality and show your ability and skills.
There different types of interviews the main ones you may encounter are competency, panel, one to one or a telephone interview. When you receive your interview invitation, normally you will be informed about the type of interview you are going to have.
- A chance for the employer to meet you face to face
- Gives you an opportunity to shine
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!!
First things, first we need to prepare. This will make you feel more relaxed as you understand what is expected of you and you can practice questions and answers to feel more confident.
As a starting point, research the job role. Look at the job advertisement and understand what the employer is looking for. Then research that job role and find out everything else that you may be required to do within that role. Planit Plus has an extensive list of careers and job roles complete with an outline of what may be expected of you within that job, what the hours could be and the salary. This background information could provide context for the job you have an interview for and prepare you for questions that may come up. The other advantage is if they mention a responsibility that wasn’t in the job advertisement you won’t be taken by surprise.
The next thing you should research is the questions you may be asked. First, look at the information and find out what type of interview you have as this may determine what type of questions you will be asked. A quick search on Google and you will be able to find specific questions to certain roles, however, we have comprised a list of the most common questions below.
Ok, we have a list of questions but have no idea where to begin on how to answer them. Don’t worry there’s a strategy you can use to help you frame your answers. There is an acronym called S.T.A.R and it will be a template to help you build answers for certain interview questions. You will be able to spot these questions as they usually begin with the following
Tell me about a time when…
Have you ever…
Give an example of…
So let’s break down the acronym and understand how we can apply it to answers that an interviewer may ask.
S stands for situation
T stands for task
A stands for action
R stands for result