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Interview Preparation

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25 Jul 2017
Interviews Back to BasicsPreparing for an interview is key in ensuring you make a strong first impression and could ultimately lead to making the next move in your career. So how can you make the most of your preparation? We have put together a few key tips to follow to ensure you maximise the impact you have.  

1.Sell yourself 

Most candidates always forget the basics; that is to use the 30-40 minutes interview, not only answering the employer’s questions but also to take advantage of that precious time to sell yourself and demonstrate why you are a the right fit for the job! 

2. Do your research on the company

Granted we always tell candidates to do this but how many employers actually ask “have you researched into our company?” Instead, you should utilise this research and drop this into your answers where possible to demonstrate your knowledge on the business.

3. Be prepared for technical questions  

Most applicants think they can ‘wing it’ and enter a job interview without doing their research on the job specific questions. This is all based around your specialist areas so it is essential you can demonstrate your knowledge.  Additionally, if you are applying for a role that is a step up in your career, you need to carry out research to determine whether you will be questioned on your management skills or more complex work.

4. Read the job specification

Most job descriptions can be vague and go on for pages, but it is essential you gain a thorough understanding of what the role entails and adapt your answers accordingly. 

5. Know what competency-based questions are 

Competency-based interviews are becoming increasingly popular as a way to predict future performance. The interviewer will ask you to describe a situation which demonstrates your abilities that will be integral to the role you are interviewing for. Answers should refer to real-life scenarios you have experienced and follow the STAR technique: Situation, Task, Action, and Result. A common competency-based question in legal interview is “tell me a time when you have dealt with a difficult client?” The interviewer is looking for you to relate a problem you have come across before explain this to them and then detail the actions you took to overcome this and work towards a solution.

6. Dress appropriately 

First impressions are essential and although many organisations have opted for a more relaxed dress code, dressing professionally for an interview demonstrates your commitment to the business and professionalism!  

The next step:
Call us! Let the agency know how your interview went as we can use your feedback when we speak to the interviewer about your performance. Whether this is good or bad we can really add value at this stage if you think the interview did not go as planned, or you left without asking a key question!  

Interviews are an absolutely essential part of the recruitment process, so the more you practice, the better you get! Use the above steps to help best prepare and don’t forget to take your CV along on the day and good luck!
For further assistance in your job search, please get in touch by calling 0161 834 1642 or email kate.wilkinson@sellickpartnership.co.uk. Alternatively, check through our other tips on CV writing and building your personal brand. Candidate Resources 

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