Interview Techniques

Stand out at an Interview

Your interview is a fantastic opportunity for you to convey your strengths to a potential employer. It is acceptable to be nervous, however good preparation is the key to success. Ensure you research the firm in question, use the internet, local press and contacts you may have, to find out as much as you can about the firm. Always dress to impress in a suit. Plan to arrive for your interview at least 10 minutes early. On arrival shake the interviewers hand with confidence and make eye contact. Enter the room with a smile and a positive attitude. Reinforce your professionalism and your ability to communicate effectively by speaking clearly. Be aware of your body language. Use positive words. Be attentive, show you are interested.

Examples of Questions you may be asked:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Talk me through your CV?
  • Why would you like to work for our company?
  • Why are you looking for a new job?
  • Why should I offer you the job?
  • Why did you choose a career in the law?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What are your current daily duties?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What do you like and dislike about your present and previous roles?
  • When have you had to handle a demanding workload?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  • Would you describe yourself as ambitious and why?
  • Give me an example of working to targets?
  • Give me an example of when you have dealt with a difficult customer or colleague?
  • Give me an example of when you have exceeded expectations?
  • Do you feel you work better in a small or large team, and why?
  • How do you organise and prioritise your workload?

Questions you may wish to ask the interviewer:

  • How do you see your company changing in the next 5-10 years?
  • How many people are within the team?
  • When are they looking to appoint someone?
  • What are the career prospects?
  • Why has the role arisen?
  • How is the department structured?
  • How will I be appraised?
  • What will my targets be?
  • Will there be any training?

Do not be negative about a former employer. Thank the interviewer for their time and if you are interested make that clear to them at this point. After you interview please call your consultant at Austen Lloyd to discuss your experience of the interview. The consultant will contact the company as soon as possible to discuss their reaction and you will receive constructive feedback based on this. If you are successful, your consultant will guide you through the next stage and will assist you with progressing the offer. If unsuccessful, your consultant will discuss feedback from both yourself and the client, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, deciding on a successful plan of action.

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