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  1. Interviews: Building Your Confidence Careers Adviser Abi Sharma

  2. In an employers shoes… Can you do the job? Will you do the job? Will you fit in?

  3. What to expect in interview Can you do the job? - Competency questions - Current issue questions Will you do the job? - Motivation questions Will you fit in? - Impression you give Your questions

  4. Preparation: Competency 3) What are the skills and qualities that they are looking for and what examples can you give to show you have them?

  5. Preparation: Current Issues 4) Be aware of the business context in which the organisation operates & an understanding of the industry and factors affecting it.

  6. Use the CAR technique • Context - describe the situation you were in and your objective/task you had to do • Action - what action did you take to achieve your objective? • Result - what was the outcome - show the success!

  7. Example…. • Q.A particular achievement using organisation skills • A. Organised the netball society dinner, for 60 people which was a real success and they’ve asked me to organise another one next year.

  8. Preparation: Motivation 1) Know about the employer & what you like about them “It never ceases to amaze me how many graduates don’t bother to find out who it is that they are applying to… I can’t stress enough how important it is to read up on this beforehand. Preparation really shows!”

  9. Preparation: Motivation 2) Know about the job role & why you want to do it

  10. Preparation: Giving the right impression 6) Remember interview etiquette! Make eye contact and speak clearly Show enthusiasm and be positive! Be yourself

  11. Tactics!!! • Give yourself thinking time • Repeat, comment, “Can I have a minute?” • Think of the “punchline” before you talk • Seek clarification • “Are you looking for an example of...?” • Ask for feedback • “Is this example useful?” • When in a hole, stop digging • “Sorry, I’ve got a bit lost. May I start again?”

  12. Your questions! 5) Your chance to interview!

  13. Queen Mary Careers Service WG3 Queens Building – 020 7882 5065 Opening times: Monday-Thursday 10.30am-5pm Friday 10.30am-4pm Drop-in sessions: Monday-Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm 2.00pm-4.30pm Part of www.careers.qmul.ac.uk