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Interview Tips and Questions

Interview Preparation Tips

These tips have been collected from actual feedback from clients and consultants:

  • Research the company
  • List some good questions to ask
  • Plan your route (arrive 15 minutes before the interview)
  • Have an early night
  • Wear appropriate dress (your consultant can advise on the company style)
  • Good strong (not too tight) handshake
  • Take a copy of your CV for the interviewer but don't use it for reference (this suggests fiction and prevents eye contact)
  • Relax and enjoy the interview – try and build a good rapport, be friendly but professional
  • Never swear, or put down work colleagues, previous bosses or employers
  • Be open with your answers and about your skills and experience but don’t talk too much or waffle
  • Smile!

Interview Questions About Your Character/Thought Process

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How would your manager get the best out of you?
  • How do you react to criticism?
  • How would your best friend describe you?
  • How would you describe yourself under pressure?
  • If we gave you the position and you find yourself struggling with the demands after a few weeks, what would you do about this?

Key Interview Questions

  • Why do you want this job? Be positive about the job and your current and previous jobs.
  • What research have you done on the company? Impress them with your research.
  • What qualities do you think they are looking for? This is your opportunity to sell yourself.
  • Tell me briefly about your career to-date.
  • What is your understanding of the role for which you are applying?
  • What experience/qualities do you have that relate to this role?
  • Why do you want to join us?
  • Why should we give you the job?
  • Do you have any reservations about this position?
  • What is the reason for leaving your last job?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Interview Questions for You to Ask

The interview is a two-way process. Here are some questions you might consider asking:

  • Who will I report to?
  • Where will I fit into the organisational structure?
  • Can you tell me a little about the company culture?
  • Who are your customers?
  • What are the future plans for the company?
  • How has the position become vacant?
  • How will my performance be assessed?
  • Do you offer any training opportunities?
  • What are the longer-term possibilities for promotion?

Feedback

After the interview, it is best to speak to your consultant straight away. Positive feedback can be an important contributor to an employer’s recruitment decision. RMS Recruitment will pass on the feedback from the client, whether positive or negative, to help with any areas that could be improved.