Practice

There are just a few crucial questions that occur again and again at interviews: –

“Tell me about yourself”

This is where you have the stage for just three minutes so you have to rehearse your response.

  • Write down as you did in your CV your past history, write it as a story.
  • Rewrite it several times as though you were actually talking it through and make it last for 3 minutes. Add one line at the end like “Can I expand on anything in more depth for you?” or “Is there anything you wish to know about in more detail?”
  • Read it out aloud to someone else and modify it according to their response, then tape it and learn it.
  • Once you know your script then put some mannerisms and actions into it so the whole thing comes alive – be yourself, relax, and smile, add just a little humour into it and remember the last line or something similar, which invites the interviewer back into the interview.

“Why did you leave your last job, or why are you looking for another?”

Rehearse your answers so you are not caught out.

  • Do not tell untruths that can be checked. If you state something make sure you know your subject.
  • Always be positive, any negative things that may have happened to you – turn them into something positive.

No one can predict the exact questions that an interviewer will ask, but to prepare, think about how you would answer the following questions:

  • Review your past positions, education and other strengths.
  • What do you know about our organisation?
  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What are the most significant accomplishments in your career so far?
  • Describe a situation in which your work was criticised. Focus on how you solved the problem and the lessons you learnt from it.
  • How would you describe your personality?
  • How do you perform under pressure?
  • What have you done to improve yourself over the past year?
  • What did you like least about your last position?
  • What is your ideal working environment?
  • How would your co-workers describe you?
  • What do you think about your boss?
  • Have you ever fired anybody? What was the situation and how did you handle it?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What kind of salary are you looking for? What other types of jobs/companies are you considering?
  • How do we know that you won’t leave the company for another role soon?

Prepare answers on paper to any possible questions that may come up and by doing this it will hopefully lodge in your mind if the question arises. Never be afraid to say, “I don’t know”.