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Job interviews

How to succeed in a job interview
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How to succeed in a job interview

The CV obviously worked and you have been called up for an interview. NOW WHAT? Below we have put together some helpful pointers on how to succeed in your interview. Take all these pointers in and make sure you are fully prepared to succeed in your interview. Ensure that you have researched fully about the company you are going to. Look on their website and note down some relevant facts. Make sure that you are fully prepared for your interview. Find out where you are going, who you are seeing, arrive on time and smartly dressed; switch your mobile off. When you meet the interviewers always smile and shake hands, maintain eye contact. Take your time and think before you speak The previous day you should have thought about the type of questions you may be asked and h...
The 7 most popular interview questions
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The 7 most popular interview questions

It is always difficult to predict the questions that you will be asked at a job interview. Some interviewers chose quirky questions whilst others tend to stick with more traditional questions. We have put together a list of the 7 most popular / common interview questions along with our suggested answers. Tell me about yourself This is obviously a very broad question, so try to narrow it down to a couple of areas – interviewers aren’t after your life story! You should generally avoid personal details such as your marital status or information about your children. A typical answer would describe your qualifications and career history and highlight the skills you possess which are relevant to the job. "Craft an elevator pitch", suggests Robert Half. "Make sure you succinctly ...
Our top 10 interview hints
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Our top 10 interview hints

Interviews can be daunting, no matter what stage you are at in your career. Even experienced candidates can make mistakes once put in front of a potential employer. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 interview hints, which we believe will give you the best possible chance of securing that dream job. Be prepared.  This is the key to a successful interview.  Preparation for an interview should include thorough research on the organisation (reading the company website or other literature), familiarisation of the job specification and knowing how to get to the interview location.Dress to impress (but don't over do it!) Ensure you are smartly dressed, but avoid strong aftershave / perfume or heavy make-up as this can be distracting for the interviewer.Arrive on time....
Group interviews: what to expect and how to handle them
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Group interviews: what to expect and how to handle them

Some employers favour using a group interview situation as they gain a lot from interviewing a number of candidates at the same time, not only does it save time but it quickly identifies the best candidates in one fell swoop! You may have experienced or about to attend a group interview. They can be a daunting experience, but following our interview advice should make the process a little easier. As with any interview, arrive early Making the most of any opportunity to stand out should be taken, that includes being early. Remember in a group interview setting you are being assessed from the moment you arrive, so take the chance to show off your social skills and interact with the other candidates before the interview starts. So introduce yourself to the group….. Stallin...
The 4 things you must bring to job interview
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The 4 things you must bring to job interview

If you turn up to an interview without anything else, there is no reason why you won’t give a great interview and get the job. However, there are some things you can do which will make a difference and boost your chances of success. Here are the 4 things you must bring to a job interview if you want to make a great first impression. Notepad and pen You should always bring some paper and a pen with you to a job interview, as you never know when you might need to make a note of something important. Not only that, it will also make a great impression as it shows you’re serious about the role. Copies of your CV Print off three copies of your CV to take to the interview. If you are catching the bus or train to the interview, you can swot up on your CV beforehand. You are obv...
4 great questions to ask at a job interview
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4 great questions to ask at a job interview

A job interview is typically all about answering the employer’s questions, but that doesn’t mean to say you shouldn’t ask some of your own. If done at the right time and with the right questions, it can be a very effective way of impressing the interviewer. Asking questions in a job interview can help ease your nerves, but more importantly it will show the employer that you care and are clearly passionate about the role. If this is something you’ve never really thought about and would like to know more, here are 4 great questions to ask at a job interview. Importance of Questioning During an Interview Can you tell me more about the daily tasks and responsibilities of the role? This is the perfect question to ask as it demonstrates you are interested in the job. It isn’t en...
3 things you should bring to a job interview
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3 things you should bring to a job interview

So you’ve made it to the final stage of the hiring process – the job interview. Nerves are running high and you can hardly contain your excitement. You’ve already left the house nice and early and are dressed smartly to impress the employer. Is there anything you’ve forgotten? Most job seekers turn up to interviews with nothing but themselves and a firm handshake. Whilst this is quite common, if you want to make a better impression you should take a few things with you. Here are 3 things you should bring to a job interview: A pen and paper Taking a notepad and a pen with you to an interview shows how dedicated you are to the role. It makes a great first impression, and the interviewer will see that you are taking it seriously. If there is anything important during the i...