Job interview tips

Job interview tips

This section is designed to help you interview effectively. Find out how to prepare and make a great impression, read through common interview questions and create insightful questions of your own.
Acing the Interview – The before, the during and the after
These tips show you how to approach and get the most out of the interview process.

Strength based interviews and how to ace them
Competency based interviews have become increasingly popular over the past few years but they’re certainly not the only type of interview you may come across. Competencies can be defined as ‘things you can do’. Strength based interviews assess ‘what you ENJOY doing’ and are slowly taking over from competency based interviews.

Five interview mistakes you should NEVER make
Looking for job interview advice? Here are five common interview mistakes you should avoid during job interviews.

Four great questions that will really impress an interviewer
If you want to be a truly great, memorable candidate when interviewing for a job, you need to ask some ‘wow’-inducing questions during your interview.

Do the research
Researching a company enables you to talk compellingly about their business and how you can impact upon it.

Telephone interviews
Companies conduct interviews over the phone to save time or because distance is an issue. Read our five tips to guarantee it goes well.

How to make a great impression
You’ve obviously already made a great first impression through your cover letter or cold call, but you need to be able to do the same in person. Making it through to the interview stage means the employer likes you enough to take the time to meet you. You are one step closer towards securing the job. Follow these tips to stride ahead and make a great impression during your interview.  

10 classic interview questions
The question hangs in the air, a mug is set down on a desk, a clock ticks. But not if you’ve rehearsed your answers to these questions.

How to answer competency questions
Competency based interviews are becoming increasingly popular as a way to predict a candidate's future performance. Essentially a series of behavioural questions, the interviewer will ask you to describe a situation which demonstrates your abilities that will be integral to the role you're interviewing for.

Asking the right questions
Asking questions at an interview will not only give you answers but it shows your employer you have initiative and enthusiasm for the position and the company. This will impress any employer.

10 ways to take the sting out of second interviews
The field’s been narrowed and you’re still in the running. If you’re feeling anxious at the prospect of a day of one-to-ones, panel interviews and in-tray exercises, don’t – we’ve got 10 ways to take the sting out of second interviews.

Negotiating your salary
You’ve aced the application process and interview so now it’s time to negotiate your salary. Negotiating is a tricky skill that needs to be approached in a confident and strong manner that lets the employer know your worth without coming across as demanding or unrealistic.

Interview checklist
This helpful checklist will make you shine before you have even started your interview – and trust us, the employer will notice the effort you have put in.

Interview blunders
Your CV and cover letter have got you an interview. The job could easily be yours, so long as you don’t fall at the final hurdles.

How to avoid telephone interview mistakes
Job interviews by phone have become an increasingly popular method of screening candidates prior to final selection where time and distance are issues.

How body language affects your interview technique
Your impeccable CV and cover letter have secured you a much sought after job interview. Now it’s time to impress in person.

The weirdest interview questions ever
There are some standard interview questions that most of us will be familiar with and expect to crop up in an interview.

How to handle rejection after an interview
We’ve all been there... the dreaded rejection letter/email/phone call, and it’s never a pleasant experience. Particularly if you’ve faced several rejections so far in your job search, it can be easy to feel dejected and disheartened.

How to spot a good manager in your interview
Effective management is hugely important to any employee. If good, clear management is lacking, it’s easy to lose motivation, enthusiasm and productivity and it’s likely you’ll start to look for other opportunities.

How to build rapport during your interview
Successful interviews usually happen when the interviewer and interviewee are, at some level, on the same page.

Six things you shouldn’t say in an interview
You don’t want your first impression on your prospective new boss to be a bad one. So, greeting your interviewer with the wrong name or mentioning the wrong company are both ways of ensuring you won’t get off to a flying start.

10 challenging interview questions
It’s the interview moment every job seeker dreads. Just when you thought you had them eating out of the palm of your hand, you’re hit with a question straight out of left field.
Competency based telephone interviews
Competency based interviews are based on the idea that a person’s past behaviour is the best predictor for how they will cope with future situations