Interview Skills Training
Finding a job means marketing yourself. You are the product you’re selling to a potential employer.
We teach you how to perform best at interviews, how to handle difficult questions and thrive under pressure.
An interview prep session will take you through body language and communication skills, and will run through practice questions and answers to make sure you are the most prepared you can be. Preparation reduces the risk of getting caught out, and confidence enables your best assets to shine through.
Increasingly interviews take place online which makes it much harder to get your personality across, so this is an area we can provide specific guidance on.
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Interview Skills FAQ
Highlight briefly where you would add value to the role, your experience, your commitment, your personality.
If they chose not to, it means that the role wasn’t for you!
- How would you describe the culture of the organisation
- What are the priorities to be addressed in this role
- What does your ideal candidate look like
- How does this role fit into the larger team
- What reservations or gaps to you see in my application
- What happens next?
You will have gained experience and skills at each different stage and circumstance in your life. Here are just a few ideas but you know yourself best and will be able to come up with skills you may not previously have recognised. Also ask friends, family and colleagues what they see as your skills – these may be different to the ones you see. Example of skills are: planning; organising and prioritising; conceptualising ideas; decision making and problem solving; research and processing of information; working effectively or leading a team; verbal and or writing skills; goal setting; time management; selling; project management; financial accountability.
In addition to specific subject expertise and the ability to perform the role, interpersonal skills are the key things employers are looking for. These are
- Confidence and motivation
- Strong ethics and integrity
- Critical thinking
- Innovation and creativity
- Emotional intelligence and team work
- Responsible digital and social media behaviour
Preparation is key.
- Find out a little about who you are meeting so you have some sense of who will be interviewing you, their time at the company and their role and interests.
- Make sure you know about the organisation, what is its history, what makes it different to other companies in the same sector and why you’d like to work there
- Know how you could add value to the role and the organisation. Be very clear about your skills and make sure you have examples of experience if possible using the RSTAR approach. Result up first (eg the time I took charge in an emergency, summoned the ambulance and saved a life); then describe the Situation, what was the Task /problem you had to face, what Action did you take, what was the Result
- Arrive early at least 30 minutes and go to a nearby café first to check yourself in the bathroom (no poppy seeds from that lunchtime roll). And do a couple of start jumps to get your energy up
- Listen carefully to the questions, don’t ramble and be yourself
The best way, as with anything, is knowledge and practice which then helps build confidence. Being the real you, showing your authentic personality, your skills and experience is the best way to shine. Employees want to hire people who not only have the capability to do the job but someone who fits in well with the team and the organisation’s values.
Interview training helps you prepare for an interview with someone independent who has extensive experience of recruitment and what employers are looking for. They will give you feedback on your presentation and top tips on how best to succeed.