Interview skills

How do I answer questions I haven't prepared for?

Mon, 06/02/2012 - 16:45 -- nick

Interview questions can sometime catch you off-guard but this can be a good thing as it gives you a chance to show your ability to think and react quickly.

Whilst you can't know every question that you will be asked at interview, you can still prepare for the likelihood of unexpected questions by being thoroughly honest with yourself even before you go to the interview.

What job interview questions do I not have to answer?

Mon, 06/02/2012 - 16:41 -- nick

Job interviews are an opportunity for employers to find out a bit more about you, but there are some questions they can't ask.

Job interviews can be stressful enough, especially if you are inexperienced with them, but being asked illegal interview questions can make things quite intolerable.

Luckily, the law is on your side and you need have no fear should you not be willing to answer questions which you feel are discriminatory in some way.

Questions to ask your interviewer – Video Advice

Mon, 06/02/2012 - 16:31 -- nick

It is often said that at the end of the interview you should always have some questions prepared to show the interviewer you're enthusiastic and have researched the company well. At the same time it is important not to ask a question just for the sake of it...especially if it was already covered in the interview!

What are your greatest weaknesses? - James Caan

Mon, 06/02/2012 - 16:28 -- nick

Showing weakness in the cut and thrust of the commercial world gives your competitors something to work on and puts you at a disadvantage.
 
Now here you are in an interview for a job that you really want and you’re being asked “what are your greatest weaknesses?”
 
So what’s this question all about and how do you answer it? And is your answer going to jeopardise your interview? Well it will if you go for a job in finance and then say you’re hopeless at figures. You’ve need to be realistic.
 

What are your greatest strengths? - James Caan

Mon, 06/02/2012 - 16:26 -- nick

Let’s get one thing straight: being asked ‘what are your greatest strengths?’ isn’t a trick question – or it shouldn’t be. It’s not designed to catch you out and it’s been around long enough for you to know that there’s a good chance you’ll be asked it. So make sure you think about this a lot before your interview.

Virtual Job Interview

Mon, 06/02/2012 - 16:21 -- nick

Before you go to your job interview, it's a good idea to have a few practice runs so you don't freeze like a rabbit in the headlights.

You could ask your friends to take you through a few questions, or you could take part in our Virtual Job Interview which will let you know whether your answers are on the right track.

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