10 Tips for Interview Success in 30

Aug 15, 2019 | 3 min read
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‘Interview Success in 30’ was a short dive into interview best practice. Before going to the event, we gave the attendees 10 tips so they could get the most out of the workshop.

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1) Understand the difference between competency, technical, behavioural & chronological CV interviews.

Competency Questions

Allows the candidate to talk about their experiences with different situations, tasks or people e.g. Tell me about a time where you have dealt with an underperforming team member.

Technical Questions

As the title suggests, it’s all about testing your ability to perform in the role that you applied for. This can range from questions about side projects that you have worked on, strengths and weaknesses, and your performance in different competitions.

Behavioural Questions

These questions focus on your performance in common workplace scenarios e.g. How do you handle a challenge?

Chronological CV Questions

A common one, interviewers will ask you to walk through your CV in your own words. This helps to bring your CV to life and gauge the most important past experiences.

2) Come with an attitude.

What do we mean by attitude? Practice at our event like it’s the real interview and come as your best self to showcase why you should get the job. This may include qualities such as being positive, eloquent, or having pre-prepared questions for the interviewer.

3) Update and know your CV.

Know your CV back to front so you can easily draw on examples for any questions that come your way.

4) Practice the STAR format.

A basic in CV writing, you should also apply to answering questions in interviews. Situation, Task, Action, Result.

5) Research what a typical interview looks like in your field.

Different fields do different types of interviews. This could include phone interviews, video interviews or group interviews. Knowing which one you can expect, will help you grapple different challenges you may face.

6) Write down the questions that will make you nervous.

Research all types of questions that may be asked in an interview and identify any that you would struggle to answer. This might involve talking about weaknesses or gaps in your CV.

7) Practice answering the above questions in front of a mirror.

Although Interview Success in 30 will give you the chance to practice interviewing. You will need to come with a little bit of practice in order to make the most of the fast paced workshop.

Key tip, try answer the questions within 2 minutes.

8) Find a go-to phrase to avoid dead air.

Worst case scenario includes an interviewer asking a question and the candidate saying “uhmmmm” before answering. Find a go-to phrase that you can utilise to avoid dead air whilst you’re thinking of an answer e.g. “that is a great question”

9) Watch this video on Body Language.

10) Come prepared with questions.

Katy our workshop speaker will be there to answer your questions about interviewing. Have a think about what you want to know, and have the confidence to ask her in-front of the other attendees.

We hope that you have enjoyed this brief blog! For more live workshops, check out our Work Skills event series.