Interview Skills Pesewa Presentations
Objectives • Understand what to expect from and how to prepare for a typical interview • Increase knowledge of interview questions you might face, through asking and answering typical interview questions
Agenda • Preparing for interviews • Creating a positive impact • Handling interview questions
Interview success depends on: • Good preparation and research • Creating a positive impact • Strong answers to interview questions
Preparation • Employer research • Website (not just careers pages) • Use links from CIB website • Business news • Contacts • Preparation on yourself • Go through your application/CV • Evidence of how you meet criteria • Why do you want this role/company?
Creating a positive impact • First impressions and body language - confident, calm, friendly, positive (the employer is thinking whether they can imagine you with one of their clients, will you fit in with the team?) • But – be yourself
Interview Questions to expect • Questions about your experience • Professional experience and achievements • Projects, technical expertise etc • Competency questions • E.g. “Describe a time when …” • Gives evidence from your past experiences that shows whether you have the potential for the job
Interview Questions to expect • Career motivation examples: • Why are you applying for the job? • Why are you interested in this company? • How do you see your career developing? • Why are you taking an MBA? • Why did you leave your last job? • What are you looking for in your next role? • Where do you see yourself in 5 / 10 years time?
Interview Questions to expect • “Self reflection” questions • Such as: What has been your greatest achievement? What development needs do you have? Tell me about yourself. What skills can you bring to the job?…….. • Business awareness • Knowledge of current business issues affecting the organisation and the sector
Interview Questions to expect • Case study and problem solving questions (e.g. for consulting roles) • Listen carefully • Make notes (if applicable) • For case discussions - ask questions and don’t make assumptions • For “guesstimates” – show your assumptions and step by step process • Talk through your thought process • Show a logical approach • Take your time • Don’t panic!
When answering questions… • Use your natural style of speaking, not a rehearsed script • Ask for clarification or repetition if you are not clear what has been asked • It’s OK to pause and consider your answer • Listen carefully so that you can keep your answer focused
Exercise – Practising interview questions • Work in pairs – interviewer and interviewee (you will take a turn at each role) • 10 minute interview – select questions from sheet (you don’t need to use every question) • 5 minute feedback / discussion • Note down learning points or questions