The good news is you have an interview!! This is great, signaling the recruiter is interested in you and the skills you have to offer. 
 
Use the time before your interview to give yourself the best chance of getting that offer! Do not let the panic set in now, it is very common to start doubting your ability or skills, questioning how am I going to ace this interview? The key is preparation, take the time you have before the interview to prepare yourself.be shown in the summary on the main blog page. 
 
Too many candidates stumble through interviews as if the questions they are being asked are crazy, unexpected or being asked to trip them up in some way. However, many of the questions are to be expected and we are here to help you prepare for these questions with your best possible answers. 
 
Here is a list of the top 8 questions we believe you should be ready to answer, structure answers based on these and you will be confident and prepared rather than stumbling your way through like a deer in headlights. 
 
 
 
1 – Talk me through your CV / work history? 
Make sure you know your CV and the skills and achievement you have written about and talk through it with confidence. This is your chance to talk about your skills and experience, tailor your answers for the job you are interviewing for, be positive and highlight any skills/experiences that may be relevant. 
Ensure you have sound reasons for any gaps in your career for any prolonged periods of time. 
 
2 – Reasons for leaving your current/previous roles? 
It is important to remain positive here, it will not be appreciated if you start criticising ex-bosses or previous employers. 
 
If you have left or want to leave by choice talk about why, use this opportunity to describe why the company or role you are be interviewed for suits you better. 
 
If you were made redundant explain the situation, describe how you've taken this to respond positively. 
 
Fired for misconduct or poor performance, what you have learnt from this and how you have improved to ensure it won’t be something that happens again. 
 
3 – Why did you apply for this role? 
The interviewer wants you to indicate you have put some thought in to applying because the role is interesting to you or you have a passion to work for their company rather than you are simply clicking on Apply for every role in the area. 
 
4 – What do you know about the company? 
Employers want to know you have a genuine interest to work for them, research the company by looking at their website, follow them on all social media channels, learn exactly what it is they do, their products, services and customers. 
If you have the name of your interviewer look them up on LinkedIn find out what their role is. 
If you have a good understanding of who the company is and you know why you want to work for them it shows why you are serious about the role, it can also help you come up with questions to ask at the end of the interview. 
 
5 – What are your goals? Or where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
This question is asked a lot by employers, but candidates can be very unprepared for it. You know it is coming so think carefully about how you want to answer. 
Start by focusing on your career goals, rather than your personal ones and keep them realistic. Ensure your goals are aligned with the role you have applied and not a career path the company interviewing you cannot offer. 
 
6 – What are your Salary expectations? 
If this question it is good to remember the salary band that the roles was advertised as having and keep within this. The company have set this salary band as this is what they are prepared to pay someone to do this role. 
You should also know your worth to help you determine what you should be paid, do some research on similar roles in the local area, your recruitment consultant can also help advising you. 
 
7 – Why should we hire you? 
Be specific, an answer such as “I am a hard worker” is not what the interviewer is looking for. Draw upon your skills, experiences and achievements and how you can directly relate them to this role. The interviewer wants to be able to visualise you doing the role so is looking to hear what you can bring to the team. 
 
8 – Do you have any questions? 
This will be asked at the end to conclude the interview, this is your opportunity to add to what you have already said and really stand out. 
It is always good to ask at least 2 questions here to show your enthusiasm for the role and the company but it’s a good idea to have several prepared. Here are a few good examples: 
 
What is it like to work here? 
What would my first month with your company look like? 
What are the biggest challenges the company is facing at the moment? 
Are there any concerns about me that I can address before I leave today? 
 
 
Now you have an understanding what may be asked for you at interview, plan your answers, it is easy to fumble through and end up getting lost in what you are saying, the STAR method is a simple structure that could help you configure your answers: 
Start with the SITUATION this is the context to your answer “We were launching a new product”. 
Then talk about the TASK what was required of you “I had to oversee the design”. 
Next, talk about what it is you did, the ACTION “I researched and tested for the best options”. 
Finally the RESULT: “The product launched without a hitch and surpassed customer expectations”. 
 
Now you have planned and structured your answers, you have read our other blog about what to wear, you are all set to go and smash the interview!! Good Luck. 
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