Interviews have changed drastically over the past number of years. Many employers now use behavioural interview techniques where they ask the candidate, a situational question that requires them to give an example of when this has happened to you and what you did about it. It helps to be armed with some interview tips so these are designed to allow the employer to get a better feel for how you would react in a work type situation. It also shows them how well prepared you are.
These interviews can be extremely tough if you have not done enough preparation. However, if you are prepared and organised you can make the interview seem less daunting and therefore you are less nervous.
Here are some interview tips to help you prepare:
- Make sure you know the style the interview will run in; if in doubt presume it will be behavioural.
- Practice some questions and answers so you are prepared and know how to answer a question.
- Try to reduce your nerves, do something that relaxes you beforehand. The more prepared you are the less nervous you will be.
- Try not to go off topic, answer what the questions asks, going off topic makes you look as if you do not have the correct/appropriate answer. Here are some example questions you could use to practice with:
- Tell me about a time where you were asked to do something you disagreed with?
- What experiences have you had working in a team?
- Tell me about the last time you had a disagreement with someone in the work place?
- Tell me about a current event you have been following in the media, why do you choose to follow this story?