For Candidates, an interview is an opportunity to determine if a role clearly aligns with your interests and career goals. This is also the perfect time to showcase your personality, skills and abilities to the Hiring Manager. For Hiring Managers, an interview is a platform to ensure you personality and experience aligns with that of the team, as well as determining your motivation for the role.
Preparing for an interview will allow you to shape your responses, prepare relevant questions you want answering and generally help you feel confident in making a positive impression.
When preparing for your interview, be proactive and think about the types of questions you could be asked.
Whilst there are many types of interview styles, most interviewers are conducted using a ‘behavioural based’ format: these tend to start with ‘tell me about a time when’. These questions are a great tool for Hiring Managers to understand your approach to problem-solving, but also a fantastic way for you to structure your examples. The key to a good answer is context, clarity, relevance and highlighting your contributions: using the STAR Technique is an excellent way to structure your responses and provide a competent, detailed response. It goes like this –
Not all questions may adhere to a standard interview format, and you may encounter situations where a curve-ball question comes your way. Do Not Panic! If this happens, consider these three steps to regain balance:
You now know what to expect, you are fully prepared and ready for the interview! Here are some worthy considerations to set yourself up for success and showcase your best self.
The last few minutes of an interview are extremely important. The better you prepare for closing an interview, the more you will stand out as a confident and professional candidate. Ensure you leave a lasting impression by considering the following: