Hooray, you have been invited to an interview, now to prepare answers to interview questions.
You know you will be asked a range of interview questions, and of course most of them will be based on your work experience and qualifications, so the preparation is standard.
However, have you thought about the behavioural questions?
More than likely you will be asked interview questions on the following:
- Team working
- Customer or client facing skills
- Ability to adapt
- Time management
- Communication skills
- Personal values and motivation
Give me an example of when …
All these interview questions will be prefaced with “Tell me about a time when….”; “Describe a time when…” “Can you recall a challenge that …” and require you to give details examples of situations that you have experienced.
Interviews require much research and preparation and preparing responses to interview questions can take time. Of course the more preparation you do, the more confident you will be and the more able to reply concisely and affirmatively to the interview questions.
Top tips to prepare:
- Write down practice scripts in preparation for the interview questions focusing on your contributions, your actions and your perceptions
- List up all your examples of successes that relate to the above topics so you can relate stories fluently to the interviewing panel
- Rehearse your answer in front of a live friendly audience or failing that a mirror so you can hear yourself speak.
For more support
Lynn is a qualified career management and job hunting professional with over 20 years’ experience and also holds Level A & B Practitioner certificates for ability and vocational testing with the British Psychological Society. , Lynn is able to use a wide number of leading edge psychometric tools including 4G, Wave, OPQ, Hogan, SHL, 16PF5, MBTI, Profiling for Success, WGCTA, RANRA to support informed decisions for career transition, professional and personal effectiveness. Highly experienced in providing 1:1 coaching and support to professionals facing redundancy / career transition / seeking employment.
Lynn’s journey into career development came about after managing her own redundancy and embarking on completing a PgDip in Adult Guidance and Assessment alongside a career counselling diploma and her CIPD qualifications. She has worked in corporate environments, as an associate with top management consultancies and independently. At all times she is client focused and enjoys watching her clients realise their career paths and achieve their goals.
Lynn is a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and committed to her own personal professional development. She adheres to high level of ethical standards.
Lynn is the author of Get That Job and Can’t Get That Job.
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