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An interview can be one of the most important events in a person’s life because the thirty minutes to an hour spent with the interviewer may determine your entire future. We know that for some candidates, interviews will be a really exciting opportunity but for many others it can be an extremely daunting and stressful experience. It may have been a long time since you have been interviewed so you simply have no idea what you are going to say and what the interviewer may ask you.

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Typical Interview Questions

An interview is a nervous experience for anyone but bear in mind that research has proven that the most successful candidate for the job is not always the person whose experience, skills and intelligence is far above other candidates but it is the individual who possesses learning agility – a worker who can adjust rapidly, a ‘quick learner’ adapting to a new situation and working environment together with excellent communication skills.

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Preparing Your Answers

Many questions can be anticipated in advance and it is wise to have some well constructed answers that you can tailor more closely on the day. It is advisable to at least have a number of key phrases available to use.

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Positive Body Language

Well done for making it to the interview table – this proves that academically you are qualified to perform the job. The next hurdle, and it’s a big one, is how to impress in person. This, in a nutshell, boils down to portraying an image of positive body language.

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Recommended Questions to Ask

These questions are merely suggestions but it is important to limit any enquiries to your role and the company. Bear in mind that the interviewer’s main objective is to successfully fit you into their organisation.

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How to Close an Interview

If you really want the job, or if indeed you need to secure a second interview, the close of an interview can be crucial. Think of the role of the interviewer, they are a liaison officer who aids an organisation in finding qualified applicants and selecting the wrong person will ultimately reflect upon their poor judgement.

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How an Interviewee Can Cope With a Poor Interviewer

Regardless of the circumstances of the interview, and if the interviewer appears to be unorganised for whatever reason, a candidate should always bear in mind their own objective, remain polite at all times and display enthusiasm.

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Second Interview

It is very likely that you will be interviewed by another person, along with the first interviewer, and that you will be asked very similar questions to those in the initial interview. Repeat everything from the first interview that got you to the second.

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Panel Interview

The golden rule of a panel interview is to engage with the whole panel not just one specific member of the group. By definition a panel job interview is when an applicant is interviewed by a group (panel) of interviewers. In many instances a candidate will meet the panel separately; this is most common for a senior position. However, in other scenarios there will be a panel of interviewers and several candidates all in the one room.

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Tips for the Telephone Interview

Preliminary interviews by telephone are becoming increasingly popular. This is a very low cost method of approaching candidates at the initial stage of recruitment but extremely important. If you want to get to the next stage of the interview then you have got to approach this first step with full preparation and professionalism.

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