Interview Techniques

Tips for interviews

Before an interview always consider your answers to the following common interview questions:

  • Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Your interview will likely start out with this question about yourself and your background to get to know you. Start out by giving them an overview of your current position or activities, then provide the most important skills from your background that make you the most qualified for the position.

  • How would you describe yourself?

When asked to talk about yourself, the interviewer is  looking for information about how your qualities and characteristics fit in with the skills they believe they need you to have to succeed in the role. If your applying for a job in a supermarket be sure to say you communicate well with other people and try and give an example of where you have had to communicate with others in everyday life.

  • Why do you want to work here? 

Interviewers will ask this question as a way to determine if you took time to research the company and to learn why you see yourself as the right candidate for the job. The best way to prepare for this question is to do your homework and learn about the products, services, mission, history and culture of this workplace.  

  • What interests you about this role?

Like the question above having completed your research thoroughly read the job description, compare the role requirements against your skills and experience. Choose a few things you particularly enjoy or excel at, and focus on those in your answer.  

  • What motivates you? 

This question is asked to ensure your motivation aligns with the role. To answer, be as specific as possible, provide real-life examples and tie your answer back to the job role.

Example: “serving and helping customers motivates me to strive for excellence in everything I do. I look forward to seeing customers reactions when they are helped to navigate around the shop. That is why I like shop work and serving the public

  • What are you passionate about?

Like the question above your motivations will be your passions, explain the training you have had to get this role and your experiences, explain you have trained to ensure you always listen to the customers needs and ensure they are catered for. this will truly show your passion for the role.

  • Why are you leaving your current job?

 There are many reasons for leaving a job. Prepare a thoughtful answer that will give your interviewer confidence that you’re being deliberate about this job change. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of your current or previous role, focus on the future and what you hope to gain in your next position.

  • Different types of interviews

 Times have changed it's not always possible to attend an interview. It is most likely you will need to answer a series of questions online before having an interview, you may be invited to a telephone interview, where you will need to prepare, you may be given a series of questions to answer whilst videoing yourself giving the answers.  For more information take a look at the National Careers website for more up to date information.

Be prepared, stay calm and do your research.

Interview advice

More Support

If you still need support before an interview call Jobchange and book an appointment to speak with an advisor.

Here are some sites with more information that will guide you on your way to a successful interview:

click here for more information in preparing for an interview

click here for video on typical interview questions

click here for virtual interview tips