Generally, we advise candidates to go into an interview with confidence. It is important to speak clearly and vary your tone to show you are interested and enthusiastic about the job opportunity. Finally, when you answer interview questions about something you’ve done, it’s best to use the STAR method (situation, task, action, result).
Situation – describe what the situation was.
Task – describe the task you had to do.
Action – describe what you did to achieve the task.
Result – describe the final result.
Other tips include:
- Do Not Be Impulsive When Answering Questions – Always allow the consultant to complete the question and listen to each and every word carefully. This is important to do as some questions start off similar to other questions but demand different responses. This is how the consultant will gauge your listening skills.
- Take A Pause Before Answering A Question – You can use this time to create a mental list of points to include in your response. A little planning in your head will ensure that you do not wander off the point or ramble, but instead answer directly, covering all main points of the questions. Be sure to answer all parts of the consultant’s question as often we will ask two parted questions.
- Respond by Stating Your Key Points – Your key points should be what you believe the consultant is looking for. You may even want to repeat them 2-3 times while answering the question. Explain how you have applied these points in your previous jobs and the impacts created by it. Finish your answer by reiterating these points. This will highlight your skills and reinforce your case to the consultant as the ideal person for the job.
- Tell the Consultant Something Unique About Yourself – If you are good in creative things like graphic designing, essay writing, event planning and so on, then you should definitely let our consultant know about your extraordinary skills. Find a way to put this into a situational question you are asked or mention it at the end. It’s important to leave the interviewer with a lasting impression and a unique factoid is an easy way to do that.
- Use What You Have Learnt from the Job Description – Ensure you have studied the job description presented to you by our consultants. Using the right words when describing experiences or your skills can help the consultant make a connection between your qualifications and what is required for the job.
Always try to be relaxed during an interview with us. You can always go through some common interview questions and answers to prepare for your interview and calm your nerves. This will also help remind you of specific facts and details about your experiences that you can use during the interview (we have blogs on many of these types of questions). Practice makes perfect!