Interview Preparation

We regularly provide interview training and have mock interview sessions for our candidates. Good preparation will give you the confidence you need to make a strong impression. Start preparing a few days in advance. Put aside some time to properly cover the following:

  • gather information about what the position demands and the key characteristics and skill set required . Think about how your experience fits with the position and be certain to refer to these examples in the interview.

  • research the employer. If possible, obtain the names and positions of the interviewers and try to find out a little about their backgrounds and areas of specialty.

  • brainstorm all possible questions and rehearse your replies. Put yourself in the interviewer's position and think about what he or she wants to hear.

  • identify your strengths and the unique selling points you want to bring out at the interview. Prepare for open questions such as “Tell us about yourself” or “Why are you interested in our firm?”. A well constructed answer to such questions can provide an overview of your main selling points and form a framework for how the interview can progress from there.

  • don’t be afraid of the “Have you any weaknesses?” question. We all have them. This is an opportunity to show your maturity and sense of humour, as well as to discuss your ability to problem-solve when faced with challenges.

  • review your resume thoroughly – there should be nothing in it that you can't talk about in detail

  • take copies of your resume to the interview – one for you to refer to and one or two extras in case the interviewer(s) need them.

  • take copies of recent reference letters and transcripts with you to the interview so they can be referred to and given to the interviewers if requested.

  • prepare questions you would like to ask about the organization. This is your chance to learn something from the inside and demonstrate your interest in the prospective employer.

  • Decide what you are going to wear in advance – if in doubt, choose from your more conservative wardrobe.