Great Job Interviews

September 6th, 2009

Once you have sent your CV and application form, the next step in securing your dream job is the interview.

The first step was sending your application and after careful review by the company, you are seen as candidate for the vacant position.The employer will have received your information after you made your application online or via a recruitment agency.

Your CV is your first introduction to your potential new employer.Always make sure that your CV is accurate and engaging, as many employers only look at each one for around thirty seconds before moving on to the next.

The interview is where the employer can see the person behind the CV and get a feel for their personality and achievements.Almost all employers ask you to describe your past employment history and give details of any achievements you have made which benefited your previous employers. You will often be asked to describe how you coped with certain situations and the relationship you had with your colleagues.

Family and social life may also be discussed, so the interviewer can get a feel for your personality and how you interact with others.

The employer will usually ask why the person applied to the company and where you would like to be in 5 to 10 years. Be specific about the company itself, if your interview is for John lewis job vacancies, tell them something you like about John Lewis.

Long term questions such as this will show if there is dedication for the job at hand and if the company can provide something beneficial for both the applicant and the employer.

Most interviewers ask for your salary expectations so they can see if you fit in with their budget.If what is being asked is too high, the employer will usually ask if the salary is open to negotiation.
When the interviewer has finished with their questions try asking some of your own.

Asking questions gives you the opportunity to learn more about the job and the company.

At the end of the interview do not expect to be told of your success of rejection. The interviewer will advise you of this at a later time.

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