Interview Techniques after NVQ courses
You’ve gained your NVQ level 1, 2 or 3 and now you’re wondering what the next step in your career should be?
Each time you complete an NVQ course, you are able to apply for more senior roles in your field and if you are worried about interviews, perhaps you should read through these interview techniques. The full PDF can be downloaded for free when you sign up to NVQ Courses Hub.
Research the company AND the interviewers!
It’s always a good idea to research the company as much as possible including the market they are in, any financial information and the structure. The company is likely to have a corporate website, so make sure you read as much as possible, paying particular attention to the ‘About Us’ section (if they have one). The vacancy you are applying for will be solving a problem the company are facing, so make sure you are aware of how you will slot in. If you are applying for a job as a web designer, you’ll want to know whether there is a team of web designers or whether you are the first. Perhaps the company have just launched their new e-commerce website and you’ll be a major part of the team. Maybe you’ll simply join a huge team of web designers already maintaining multiple websites.
Telephone or in person?
Employers are increasingly opting for telephone interviews, rather than meeting in person. Approach each type of interview slightly differently.
It’s quite common for employers to want to call prospective candidates, rather than invite them in face to face (potentially wasting their time and yours).
Whilst many candidates dislike this rather informal way of being interviewed, it’s a good way to prepare any notes or keep your CV in front of you. In some instances, not being face to face can increase confidence when answering questions. You omit any travel woes and there is no need to worry about your appearance!
Interviews Face To Face
This is the preferred method on both sides. It’s an opportunity for the employer to get a good impression about you and it also gives you an opportunity to see the offices in which you’ll work (as well as building an impression of the manager). In this case, it’s important to be well dressed and groomed.
First impressions tend to last, so it’s important to show you are smart on the outside as well as the inside. Be aware of your body language. Sit upright with your hands on your lap.
DO NOT slouch and fidget as this can portray laziness and nervousness.
Have you thought about storing your presentations online?
Questions, Questions, Questions?
The most common questions asked by potential employers are below. Ensure you have answers for them:
- What do you feel are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why are you leaving your current role?
- What can you bring to this role?
- Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years time?
- Do you have any long term goals?
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