Interview Tips

Scroll to the end of the page for tips on individual interview questions.

Information at your fingertips – key job interview details you need to know

There is no guaranteed way to ensure success, but People First Recruitment can help. We will provide you with all the information you need prior to your interview, whether it's for a Mandarin Chinese job, a job in Supply Chain, a Japanese job or a Multilingual job that needs another language so that you will be fully equipped to perform to the best of your ability. We will ensure you have the :

  • Contact names and titles of the interviewers
  • Dates and times of the interview
  • Full job description
  • Company background information and web address
  • Directions or a map
  • Information about the interview process – will there be tests? How many people will you meet? How long will it take?

 

Planning for Success – do your research!

  • Make sure that you have done some research on your potential employer. You can look at the company website, Facebook page, Twitter and LinkedIn profile
  • Download a map
  • Many employers favour competency-based interviews. They will be evaluating your responses to see that you can demonstrate you have the core competencies required for the role. Think of good examples to back up your statements and prove your suitability for the role

 

The Interview

  • Be punctual – we recommend arriving about 10 minutes early
  • Make a good impression: Start with a firm handshake, maintain eye contact throughout and make sure that your body language is confident, but not too relaxed
  • You should be forthcoming with information, but also ensure that your answers are succinct and to the point
  • Support your answers with examples from your own work experience; relate your skills to the job description
  • Always be positive and enthusiastic. There is always something positive in even the most negative experience. Don’t be too critical of former colleagues or employers. It may set alarm bells ringing for the interviewer that it is you, not your colleagues, who are difficult to work with
  • Prepare questions for the interviewer
  • If you are interested in the position, don’t be afraid to let the interviewer know. Enthusiasm can be very persuasive. You could even write a letter after the interview, to reiterate your interest
  • Most of all, try to relax and be yourself and remember that this is a two-way process – the client has to impress you, too!

 

The follow up – next steps

  • It is vital to call your consultant to let him/her know your feedback as soon as you possibly can
  • If you are interested in the role, then make sure you tell us – and tell us sooner rather than later!
  • Clients will ask us for feedback, so if you haven’t called us, they may assume that you’re not interested
  • If you have any questions or concerns, then we can find out more for you
  • If you decide the position is not for you, let us know quickly so we can have a fuller understanding of what you’re looking for. We will also inform the company on your behalf

Here are People First Recruitment's tips on how to prepare for a job interview and deal with specific interview questions:

How Would Your Boss or Colleagues Describe You?

How to Handle Interview Nerves

The 10 most common interview questions

5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Next Interview

How to succeed at phone and video interviews

How to answer unusual interview questions

Sell me this pen. Or pencil, or coffee cup, or shoe, etc.

Why Do You Want to Work For This Company?

Why did you leave your last job? OR Why are you leaving your current job? OR Why is there a gap on your CV?

What NOT to Do Or Say in an Interview

Why are you the best candidate for this position? Or Why Should We Offer the Job to You?

Tell Me About Yourself.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

The Best Way to Talk About Your Strengths and Weaknesses in a Job Interview

Questions to Ask (and NOT Ask) in a Job Interview

Here are the 10 most common interview questions and quick tips on how to answer them

How to Deal with the Interview Question - “What Motivates You?”

17 things (plus one extra) to NOT Put in Your CV (and why)

What Interviewers Want To Hear When They Ask You “What do you like least about your job?”

How to Answer the Interview Question “How Do You Prioritize Your Work?”

STAR method  

How to Make Sure Your Next Boss Is Not a Bad Boss!  

Behavioural Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer