At the interview

You arrive and you’re asked to wait in reception, great! Take a chance to look around for recent awards, press cuttings, trade articles, product updates or sales materials. Here’s a perfect chance for you to get the lay of the land and get an understanding of what the company wants to show visitors.

When you meet the interviewer make eye contact, smile and a handshake, and remember that body language is important. Try to remain focused on what the interviewers are saying, particularly when they introduce themselves.

After the interview is finished – it’s a good idea to offer another firm handshake with eye contact and thank everybody for taking the time to meet with you.

Example Questions

Review the following questions and think about the answers that you would give.

Questions that you could be asked:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your long-term aims?
  • What can you bring to this job/company?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • What do you enjoy most/least?
  • What’s your greatest achievement so far?
  • What would you like to be better at?
  • How would your colleagues describe you?
  • Why should we give you this job?
  • What attracted you to this company?
  • What do you know about our business?
  • How would you fit in with our culture?
  • What do you think the most important qualities for this job are?

Questions you might wish to ask?

Good example questions:

  • Can you describe a typical day?
  • What training does the company offer?
  • What kind of opportunities are there for development in the company?
  • I read about your new product/take-over of/new order for/plans to…
  • Can you tell me more about that?    

Questions to avoid!

  • How many holidays do I get?
  • When will I get a pay rise?
  • What is your grievance procedure?

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