Process - Top Tips - Interview preperation

Interview preperation

The value of preparation

In order to progress your career, you will from time to time need to attend an internal interview, and the preparation for this has been described as the three-quarters of the iceberg that you never see. This applies equally if you’re going for a move to a Support Centre role or an attachment.

Given that your interview itself may last about an hour, it makes sense to take several times that in preparation. Good preparation will give you confidence, and a confident candidate will perform better at interview, and be more likely to get the job.

 

What can you do?

     Request a copy of the job description, read it through well in advance, and prepare questions on anything you’re not certain of

     Find out all you can about the role, talk to someone doing the job

     Find out about the store or place of work

     Find out if it will be a structured interview, and whether there will be any numeracy or literacy testing,

     If necessary, plan your journey in advance and check the timing

     Make sure your CV is up to date and well presented

     Make a good first impression - be punctual and dress smartly

Process - Top Tips - Interview preperation

Interview preperation

The value of preparation

In order to progress your career, you will from time to time need to attend an internal interview, and the preparation for this has been described as the three-quarters of the iceberg that you never see. This applies equally if you’re going for a move to a Support Centre role or an attachment.

Given that your interview itself may last about an hour, it makes sense to take several times that in preparation. Good preparation will give you confidence, and a confident candidate will perform better at interview, and be more likely to get the job.

 

What can you do?

     Request a copy of the job description, read it through well in advance, and prepare questions on anything you’re not certain of

     Find out all you can about the role, talk to someone doing the job

     Find out about the store or place of work

     Find out if it will be a structured interview, and whether there will be any numeracy or literacy testing,

     If necessary, plan your journey in advance and check the timing

     Make sure your CV is up to date and well presented

     Make a good first impression - be punctual and dress smartly

Process - Top Tips - Interview preperation

Interview preperation

Common questions to prepare for

     ‘Tell me about yourself’ – Take 2 minutes to talk briefly through your CV, giving positive reasons for job or career changes

     ‘What do you know about this part of the business?’ – Give a brief account of your findings from your preparation

     ‘Why do you want to work here?’ – Have a convincing reason why it’s the right role for you, and you’re the right person for the role.

     ‘Why should I choose you?’ – a variation of the above; a chance to sell yourself and your unique selling point

     ‘What has been your greatest achievement?’ – a similar question, choose something to boast about that you’re really proud of

     ‘What are your strengths / weaknesses?’ – Sell your strengths that relate to the job, and choose a small weakness that could be seen as positive, like ‘Sometimes I spend too much time seeking perfection’.

     This question may be presented as ‘What qualities would you bring to the role?’ and ‘What are your development needs?’ or similar.

     ‘What are your career plans?’ – Be ambitious but realistic, and be positive about the company.

 

 

Preparation for the day

     Check your journey time and route if necessary, remember traffic may be different in the rush hour so allow for this

     Keep a contact number for your interviewer handy in case of emergencies such as traffic jams or breakdowns

     Plan to arrive slightly early to give you time for a comfort break.

     Take a pen, notepaper, any notes you’ve made, and a copy of your CV

     If in doubt, dress slightly more smartly than you usually would; after all you’re out to make the best possible impression

     Think positive and go for it!