Mentor List Talent

Interview Guidelines

Preparation

  • Why did you choose this company? Have this answer prepared
  • Research the company, read about it on their website, case studies, technology they use, who are their competitors, recent news releases etc.
  • Research the background of your interviewers – use LinkedIn etc
  • Understand the role: Consider/prepare what you can do for them? Why are you suitable? (use your past experience to explain this)
  • Understand your CV: spend some time going through your CV to ensure you are familiar with your history and timelines
  • Be able to discuss your key achievements
  • Prepare an example of something that went wrong in your current or past roles and how you went about solving it
  • 3 good points about yourself (use past experience to back it up), also be able to talk about areas you need to improve on
  • Where do you want to be in 5 years from now? What is your career goal?
  • Dress well
  • TURN OFF YOUR MOBILE PHONE before you enter the reception area.

Phone or Video Conference Interview

Be punctual. You should prepare in advance to avoid any delays in getting the call underway on time. Consider the interview as if it were a Face-to-Face interview to get yourself in the right mindset.

  • Find a quiet room where you will not be disturbed
  • Turn call-waiting off so your call is not interrupted
  • Make sure your phone is charged (if you are using a mobile) and you are in an area with good reception.
  • Have a fresh glass of water nearby.
  • Smile: Smiling will project a positive image to the listener and will change the tone of your voice
  • Speak slowly and clearly. If in doubt, check the interviewer can hear you clearly
  • Keep your resume in clear view, on the top of your desk, so you can answer questions
  • If it is a Video Conference, ensure you have a web cam and high internet speed and check your connections are working 10-15 minutes prior to the call taking place.

The Interview

  • Listen carefully to questions; if you do not understand a question ask for clarification
  • Answer the question. Do not go off on tangents.
  • Participate in the interview and be able to ask questions (e.g., what is key for the success of this job, what is the first goal I should meet in this job, what kind of people are successful in your company and really job specific questions)
  • Give real examples with quantitative information; number of projects, sales figures, customers, targets, people/customer involved,  result/outcome.
  • Always be sure to connect your skills and experiences to the needs of the employer.
  • Do not talk negative about your current or past jobs, colleagues, boss, etc.
  • Be friendly, listen, smile occasionally, eye-contact, and respond to questions, but do not talk too much.
  • Be confident and show enthusiasm and motivation.
  • If they ask about salary, tell them your current salary. Regarding desired salary, tell them you are confident they will come up with a professional
    offer, but you leave the details up to your agent.

Common Interview Questions

  1. Tell me about yourself: (Include: Interests and hobbies, Education, what do you like to do in your spare time?)
  2. What are your career goals? How will you get there?
  3. How do you see this position assisting you in achieving your career goals?
  4. Why are you looking to leave your current role/last role (When talking about any position you must be incredibly positive and never slander your former company or manager. If you do need to say something that is negative, you need to say it very sensitively)
  5. What do you like and dislike about your current job?
  6. Greatest achievement or career highlight - Talk about anything that you have done and why you are proud of it in your job.
  7. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Just be honest here, when you talk about a weakness suggest what you are doing to improve it.
  8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  9. What were your objectives for last year? Did you achieve them?
  10. What new skills are you looking to develop this year?
  11. What is important to you in your career over the next 12-14 months?
  12. Why should we hire you?
  13. Are you a fast learner? How long will it take you to begin adding value?
  14. If I were to call your manager, how would they describe you?
  15. In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable?
  16. Have you ever worked in a situation when there was no process or procedures in place?
  17. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  18. What was the biggest challenge you ever faced?
  19. Have you ever been involved in a project that went wrong? How did you resolve it?
  20. Have you ever been in a situation where you disagreed with your manager? How did you resolve the disagreement?
  21. Do you work best independently or as part of a team?
  22. Have you ever had to learn a skill and then apply it immediately?
  23. What three things are most important to you in a job?
  24. Describe your approach to problem-solving?
  25. What do you know about this position? (Tell them everything you know and cover the following)
    1. What the position is
    2. Why are you interested in this position?
    3. List most important duties and responsibilities
    4. Size of the team you will be working with or managing
    5. Who does this position report to?
    6. Why is this position available?
    7. What is the sort of person they are looking for?
    8. What would you find most challenging about this role?
    9. Any career progression that can result from this role?
    10. What do you find exciting about this job?
    11. What value will you bring to the position
  26. What do you know about the company? (Visit the company website and extract as much information as you can) (make sure you do research. Spend about 10 minutes and go through the company website) Cover the following;
    1. What does the company do (About Us section)
    2. Size of company / Industry / Locations
    3. What is the culture of the company (you can gain this from your interview, walking around the office etc)
    4. Community programs
    5. What internal staff have told you about the company
    6. Industry knowledge that you have about the company
  27. What challenges and opportunities do you think the company faces?
  28. How much do you know about our products and services?
  29. Why do you think you would like working for us?
  30. What skills and attributes can you bring to this company and this role? Talk about all your skills e.g. Computer skills, technical skills, personal traits and abilities. Make sure they relate to the position applied to 
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