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Interviews: Informal Interviews

Written by Justine Arnold.

040219 - Interview Series IntroYou should prepare in the same way that you would for any interview, but breathe easy, as an informal interview is exactly that!

They are increasingly popular over competency based interviews (although may still feature competency based questions – “tell me about a time you’ve dealt with something difficult” or formal questions about what you know about their company, so prepare thoroughly) but are held in a more conversational style.

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Interviews: Competency Based Questions

Written by Justine Arnold.

040219 - Interview Series IntroCompetency based questions are not designed to catch you out, the interviewer just wants a better idea of your strengths in line with what they’re looking for.

Keep in your mind, or have notes in front of you, of the skills that the job description or company had listed as desirable. These are the “competencies” they’re most likely to ask you about. They’ll ask you to describe a situation you’ve been in – where you’ve had to lead a team, where you’ve dealt with a difficult situation, where you’ve had to be organised, etc.

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Interviews: “Why should we hire you?”

Written by Justine Arnold.

040219 - Interview Series IntroThis is usually another chance to showcase your strengths and skills, but is also an opportunity to show the interviewer how keen you are about the role and company.

It can also be pretty tricky to answer as most of us aren’t too comfortable blowing our own trumpets – but that’s exactly what we’re trying to achieve in an interview! It helps me to imagine I’m describing someone else with my personality traits or skills.

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Interviews: What's your 5 year plan?

Written by Justine Arnold.

040219 - Interview Series IntroYour 5 Year Plan doesn’t necessarily have to include 5 years at the company you’re applying to. It can do, and if you can see yourself working with them for a number of years that’s great! But don’t put too much pressure on yourself if you’re not sure what your career would look like with them.

If you aren’t sure you can keep to a general plan of how you envision your career going, where you see yourself in 2 years’ time, the job title you’d like to have, what skills you hope to have obtained.

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Interviews: What’s Your Biggest Weakness?

Written by Justine Arnold.

040219 - Interview Series IntroDon’t panic when you’re asked this question – it isn’t designed to catch you out!

Your interviewer just wants to get to know you and areas you need to work on. It’s important at this stage to name a weakness that you are working on, or have worked on. An “area for improvement” that you have put effort into improving.

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