Interview Questions – Cracking The Code & Ensuring You Give The Right Answers

“For many job seekers, interviews can be the most daunting part of the recruitment process, and it can be difficult to maintain your cool as you are fired questions by a panel made up of key figures in a company. At Kennedy Pearce we believe that preparation is the key to interview success, and that the more you know about a company and the job specification, the better equipped you will be to answer questions appropriately.  Here are just a few ways you can help to ensure that you are interview-ready;”

Identify how your experience matches the role

Employers will usually use your CV as a jumping off point for questions, and it’s important that you are able to justify any gaps in your CV and highlight how your experience ties in with the job you’ve applied for. Draw on any ways you have added value to the companies you have worked for, whether that’s putting together a pitch or taking a lead role in an ongoing project. If you are asked questions such as ‘Why should we choose you for this role?’, cite real-life experiences from your work history to show companies that you are a proven entity.

Conduct your research

Carrying out detailed research on a company by visiting their website, reading industry articles mentioning the business and looking at the company’s social media presence will demonstrate that you are committed to the role and help you to give focused, relevant answers in your interview. Conducting a quick online search of the most common interview questions for your role or sector, and preparing answers to these in advance, will give you the chance to play out an interview scenario before the real-thing.

Find out what type of interview you’ll be attending

It’s now commonplace for employers to hold several rounds of interviews, including group interviews and one-to-one interviews, each designed for a specific purpose. It is acceptable to enquire what each stage will involve, helping you to identify whether you will need to prepare for anything from psychometric testing to competency assessments to test your skills in numeracy, literacy and IT amongst other areas.

Be professional at all times

While some employers may describe the first interview stage as an ‘informal chat’ it is crucial that you don’t act overly familiar with the interview panel, and use formal language for the majority of the interview. Use your discretion to judge when you can use small talk, as companies will also use interviews as a way to gauge your personality.

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