Interview Skills

Interview Skills :


Preparation is essential if you want to do well. Have a look at the checklist.


Reread your resume.

Prepare questions to ask and to be asked.

Work out clothes to wear.

Rehearse interview.

Anticipate the obvious questions during the interview.

Work out a strategy for dealing with stress.

Read vacancy details, employer’s literature - what they are and what they want.

Know where the interview will take place.

First Impressions Count

Arrive in good time.

Make a good entrance.

Pay attention to your body language - handshake, posture, eye contact.


The Interview

Be yourself.

Be honest.

Be prepared to talk - but not too much.

Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

Illustrate your answers with examples.

Be ready to sell yourself.

Be interesting.

The Final Stage

Know when the interview is over – read employer’s body language.

Thank him / her for his / her time.

Learn from the experience - ask for feedback if necessary.

Questions You May Wish To Ask about…

The Organisation

Major current projects

Future developments


What you would be doing

How long for

Typical projects / timescales

Variety of work


Training offered / possible

Help with professional qualifications


Who would you work with?


Where would you be based?

How much travel / mobility

Prospects / Salary

Likely progression

Where are previous graduates?

General Way of Life

Accommodation, amenities, limits on free time etc

Questions You Can Prepare For….

Tell us about yourself.

Why did you choose your degree and what have you gained from it?

What has been your most important achievement in life so far? Why?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Why have you applied for this job?

What do you have to offer us?

What are the current issues in this sector of work?

What experience do you have of working in a team and what role did you play in that team?

Describe a project you have successfully completed.

How would your friends describe you?

Describe a situation you have found difficult. How did you overcome it?

What questions would you like to ask us?

You must remember that the best-qualified person does not necessarily get the job. It is one who presents himself / herself confidently, speaks well and sells himself / herself at the interview. And this can be despite the fact that others may have better qualifications and more experience. The person who makes the interviewer believes that he has that extra magic and that the company cannot afford not to have him / her, is the one who will get the job. The extra magic is really preparation. Successful persons will tell you that to succeed there is no substitute for hard work. Similarly for a good interview there is no substitute for preparation.

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