Interview Techniques - part 1


Part 1 - Preparation

It is very important to spend time preparing for interviews, and one way to do this is research.  Take the time to find out as much about the company as you can. Understand their ethos, what they do, what they provide and make sure that you have an answer ready for when your potential employer asks "what do you know about our company?" 

Here’s our example checklist:

  • What products or services the company deals with. 
  • The size, location (make sure you know how to get there), style and reputation of the organisation.
  • Look on the company website for information about the company. 
  • Research who would be their main competitors and the types of products and services they have to offer.
  • Rehearse 5 good reasons why you want to work for this employer.

Be prepared with answers for commonly occurring questions. For example: 

  • What interests you about the job? 
  • What would your current Company miss about you?
  • What do you have to offer the company? 
  • What can you tell me about our company?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you wish to move?
  • Why did you leave your last position? 
  • Why do you feel you are right for this position?
  • Tell me about responsibilities you have held? 
  • How do you cope under pressure? 

Practice talking about yourself, get a friend to help if necessary. They may take the role of interviewer. It is important you sound confident and knowledgeable.

Have questions ready to ask, this ensures you sound interested. List your questions in a notebook and take them with you.

Here are some examples of good questions to ask are:

  • What makes your company different from your competitors?
  • What significant changes has the company made in training and development over the last 3 years?
  • What type of training and assistance would I receive in this role?
  • What are you expecting from the successful candidate over the next year within this role?
  • Who would you be reporting to and working with if successful in obtaining this position?
  • How would they describe the company’s working environment?
  • What is the next process will there be a 2nd interview? 
  • When will a decision be made? 
  • Is there anything else they would like to know about you?


Check back for part two for tips on how to be ready for the big day!