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Interview Skills. Tim Reed Careers Advisory Service How not to interview. Candidate: fell and broke arm during interview said he didn’t finish secondary school because he was kidnapped and kept in a wardrobe in Mexico

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interview skills

Interview Skills


Careers Advisory Service

how not to interview
How not to interview


  • fell and broke arm during interview
  • said he didn’t finish secondary school because he was kidnapped and kept in a wardrobe in Mexico
  • brought a large dog to the interview
  • asked “Would it be a problem if I am angry most of the time?”
how to interview
How to interview

What would be good to do at an interview?

  • What is an interview?
  • Using non-verbal communication
  • How do you prepare?
  • How should you dress?
  • How to deal with difficult questions!
  • What questions should you ask?
  • CAS facilities.
what is an interview
What is an interview?
  • Interaction - with questions - to get a job or a place on a course
  • 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:4 1:!???!
  • Panel; Group; 20min; 40min etc….,
  • Face to face/on the telephone
  • Your chance to meet a representative of the organization you have applied to
  • Stressful!
using non verbal communication
Using non-verbal communication
  • Eye Contact
  • Smiling
  • Nodding
  • Facial Expression
  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Gestures
  • Tone/Volume
how do you prepare
How do you prepare?
  • Re-read employer information
  • Re-read your application
  • Prepare some questions to ask
  • Remind yourself why you find this career/employer attractive
  • Plan how you will travel
  • Dress neatly and smartly
how should you dress
How should you dress?
  • Conformity is the rule
  • Suits
  • Harrods
  • Men/Women Do’s & Don’ts
  • Consider the employer!
mock interview
Mock interview

Ask two questions:

  • Tell me about what interests you
  • What is your single greatest achievement?
how to deal with difficult questions
How to deal with difficult questions!
  • Give yourself time!
  • The “No, but …” technique
  • Reflect/Deflect
  • Tell them research is needed
  • Allow yourself not to know the answer
  • Prepare for “obvious” questions
prepare for obvious questions
Prepare for obvious questions
  • Why are you applying to us?
  • Why have you chosen IT/marketing etc.?
  • What makes you suitable for this job?
  • Tell me more about your relevant skills.
  • What other jobs are you applying for?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why did you choose your current employer?
  • Why are you leaving your present employment?
  • What have you got out of your job?
  • What do you do in your spare time? What do you get out of it?
what should you ask
What should you ask?
  • See booklet!
  • Do ask a question!
  • Keep it brief
  • Ask about the work itself, not pay/perks
  • Prepare them in advance
  • Tell them something they don’t know!
research both employer job
Research both employer & job
  • CAS library – files, booklets, leaflets
  • Company internet site(s)
  • Other internet sites – search engines
  • Directories – eg. Willings Press Guide
  • Quality newspapers – finance section
  • May not find much re. small firms
cas facilities
CAS facilities
  • AGCAS Booklet “Going for Interviews”
  • Interview Skills booklet (CAS)
  • Reference File No. 014:

First Interviews

Assessment Centres

Interview Reports

  • CAS website & Practice Interviews online
  • Online streamed interviews

  • Reference Books (eg. “Answer the Question: Get the Job”)
  • Quick Query (Mon-Fri 10.30-12.30 & 2-5)