Interviewing can be an anxious prospect for a lot of people, particularly if they haven’t done it for a while. However, it needn’t be and by being adequately prepared, you can make sure you put across all the ways in which you’ll benefit the company.

Here are some quick tips for internet success as well as questions to expect to be asked. If you’ve a competency based interview coming up then check out our guide on mastering competency interviews.

  • Be on time – on time means five to ten minutes earlyA Quick Guide to Interview Success
  • Have a firm handshake – But don’t squeeze too hard, practice if you’re worried.
  • Maintain plenty of eye contact – It shows confidence and respect.
  • Don’t waffle – watch for any signs of boredom on behalf of the interviewer.
  • Avoid Jargon – Keep conversation simple and only use jargon when necessary.
  • Don’t Fidget – with your hair, pen etc.
  • Stay calm – Take slow deep breaths
  • Presentation – The image of yourself that you present and your first impression are vital. Research consistently highlights on-the-spot decision making by interviewers based on how the candidate comes across in the crucial first few minutes.
  • Build a rapport – Remember the interviewer is not only assessing your skills and experience, also whether they think you are a good fit for their company. It is important to try to develop a rapport with your interviewer.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic – about the job and the company. Enthusiasm can sometimes compensate for not possessing the right experience.
  • Research – the company, its products or services, competitors, company accounts etc. Prepare for any questions you want to ask.
  • Be Ready for the Questions You Will be Asked – interviews are notoriously predictable, anticipate the questions and prepare your answers.
  • Make Sure You Know Your Own CV  – be able to speak about your experience fluently
  • Thank your interviewers for their time as you’re leaving, and shake hands again.

1) How to answer the question tell me a bit about yourself…

When you are asked this questions, it is your opportunity to talk about yourself (we like to call it the sales pitch) – but be careful not to go off on tangent. Stick to 4 main areas: your early years, your education, your work history and your recent career experience. Again bear in mind the job spec for the position and what your Matrix Consultant has informed you of, and give the interviewer the information they want to hear. A short, precise and to the point presentation of yourself is what is required – a couple of minutes in length.

It’s not always down to questions about your experience, the interviewers will want to get to know you as a person, so be prepared for more general questions.

2) These are some General Questions that might be asked at interview

  • What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you see yourself doing five to ten years from now?
  • How did you choose your college/qualification etc.?
  • How would you describe the ideal position for you?
  • What kind of people do you find most difficult to work with?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?
  • What two or three things are most important to you in a job?
  • How do you feel about travel? On average, how many nights a week would you be willing to stay away from home?
  • How is your experience relevant to our work?
  • Why should we hire you?


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