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Interview Preparation

A list of popular interview preparation techniques

Key points to consider:

What is the interviewer looking for?

Evidence (and examples) of:

  • A desire to be successful
  • Organisation
  • Persuasion Skills
  • Team-work
  • Motivation/enthusiasm
  • Focus

What type of questions will arise?

  • Evidence based i.e. "can you give me an example of/when/how?"
  • Hypothetical i.e. "What would you do if......?"

The most important thing is to recognize what competencies the interviewer is looking for from each question and answer (succinctly and directly) using examples that highlight evidence of such experience.

NB/ Prepared examples will allow you to speak confidently and highlight specific examples without waffle.

Do's and Don'ts

Do's

  • Prepare examples based on key skills
  • Research the company and products extensively
  • Have positive body language
  • Be Enthusiastic
  • ALWAYS dress formally (irrelevant of location & company dress)
  • CLOSE, CLOSE, CLOSE (with pre-prepared questions)

Don'ts

  • Waffle
  • Bad mouth previous companies/individuals/business styles
  • Be closed (body language, diction, experiences)
  • Be too friendly i.e., use colloquialisms or bad language
  • Keep your mobile/pager with you
  • Fail to prepare
  • *By being yourself, you will know if the company is right for you*

 

If you are looking for a position in the Scientific or Medical / Healthcare sectors then send us your CV.

For more in-depth advice on success at interviews, please give us a call on +44 (0) 113 2617181.

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