2017 – New Job? – Interview Tips


Well here it is 2017 a new year and a new start. You are thinking about applying for that dream job. Here are some hints on how to approach the all-important interview.

First things first. You are going to be attending a meeting with a prospective employer so it’s imperative to realise that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. So what is the most important thing to do? Well that’s simple, smile and look happy to be there. It is said that non-verbal communication accounts for over 75% of the process of forming impressions!

Remember to ensure that you look your neatest. Wear well pressed clean clothes and don’t forget to clean your shoes! You’d be surprised how many people report having made a crucial judgement about a potential employee based upon whether their shoes were shiny or scuffed.

Here we look at some of the most common interview questions you are likely to face.


Why have you applied for this position? Make sure you have done your homework and know enough about the company to give good reasons and be sure to include what you can uniquely bring to the post.


Tell us something about yourself? This is your opportunity to pick up and highlight elements in your CV as well as state your ambitions, your interests and if you wish something of your personal life. Don’t labour any point for too long. You don’t want to bore the interviewer but try to mention something that will excite their interest so if you have bungee jumped or parachuted for charity make sure you mention it.


What are your strengths? You should always be able to list 2 or 3 strengths such as “I am very analytical and love solving problems” or “I am a creative thinker and like to approach challenges from different angles in order to find the best solutions” “I am self-motivated and driven by success.” “I am a team player and love to see colleagues succeed”


What are your weaknesses? I suggest that you shouldn’t reply as the apocryphal candidate once did by saying “My greatest weakness is honesty” and when the interviewer replied “I don’t think that honesty can be regarded as a weakness” the candidate said “I couldn’t care less what you think!” Be honest but at the same time try to spin your weaknesses to show them in the best light. For example:  “ I hate admitting defeat and I’m a bit of a dog with a bone so perhaps don’t always let things drop as quickly as I should” “I’ve always felt my natural shyness might hold me back from achieving my potential but I’ve worked on myself over the years and believe I have overcome this to a great extent”


What are your personal goals? Where do you see yourself in the future? Make sure you have a clear vision of where you want to be in 5 years’ time and how your career path should look in order to get you to that point.


What is your greatest motivation? “Do not reply “Money”. Everyone works for money but the best performers are passionate about something they are trying to achieve through self-expression. This holds true whether they wish to become the best sales person in a company, create the most efficient production unit or simply do a great job. Passion and enthusiasm is a key attribute for any candidate. So avoid apathy at all costs.


What is your expectation of salary? You should know the approximate going rate for the job for which you are applying but if you think you are worth more to this company then say so. Ask about pension, healthcare, and other benefits too. Honesty is the best policy. Employers appreciate forthright expressions of expectations.


Have you any questions you would like to ask? You will probably be given an opportunity to ask questions yourself. Always have a few questions about the business and how it operates? You may wish to pick up on something that was mentioned earlier in the interview. It’s good to ask about career development opportunities within the business too.


Try to be chatty and at your ease. This is a real opportunity to connect on a human level with someone who can further your ambitions. Make the most of it. Some suggest you should take notes during an interview as it shows focus and thoroughness. Other hold this isn’t always helpful particularly if you’re writing things down and not listening carefully to the interviewer.


Finally. Try to enjoy the process. At the end of the day it’s just a conversation with another person who is simply attempting to ascertain whether you would make a good colleague or not and you shouldn’t inflate it in your mind as being any more than that or you may become too nervous to perform to the best of your ability.

Wishing you a happy and successful year!

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