Congratulations on getting an interview!
It's important to prepare - you'll want to think through your experience, make some notes, and practice your answers out loud. This will help you to feel confident and showcase your skills. 💪
Practice Interview Questions (and Top Tips)
- Talk through your CV: your interviewer might ask you about any gaps in your employment history. Make sure you are able to explain these.
- Why do you want to be in this career?
- What do you know about our company? Google the company before the interview - make sure you know what they do
- Tell me about yourself. Practise a 1 or 2 minute response to this question, focusing on the parts of your personality or work experience that make you a great fit for the role!
- How would your boss or co-workers describe you?
- Why should we hire you?
- Where do you see yourself in the future? The employer wants to know that you will stay with their company for a while, so try to frame your ambitions within their company. For example, if you want to start your own business, tell the employer that you want to learn management skills within their company.
“Describe a time when…”
This is a really common question in an interview. It can help the interviewer to understand how you have responded to difficult situations at work in the past. Before your interview, practise coming up with some answers. You might want to use the STAR method -
Some examples to try:
- Describe a time when you worked well in a team and supported colleagues.
- Describe a time when you solved a problem at work.
- Describe a time when you disagreed with someone at work, and how you resolved it.
- Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer.
“Do you have any questions for me?”
Your interviewer will usually ask this question at the end of your interview, so it’s good to prepare a few questions to ask them. You should write these down in your notes. Here are some good examples:
- What does a typical day look like in this role?
- What’s the most important quality you’re looking for in a candidate?
- What are the biggest challenges I might face in this role?
- To the interviewer: what’s your favourite thing about working in this company?
- What are the next steps in the application process?
Final things to remember
It’s normal to feel nervous before a job interview! Some people find it relaxing to go for a walk beforehand or to do some breathing exercises. If you feel anxious, try breathing in while counting 1-2-3-4, then breathing out while counting 1-2-3-4.
What to wear?
If your interview is in person or via video call/Zoom, you should wear appropriate clothing. This doesn’t need to be really formal, but your clothing should be clean and appropriate for the workplace such as a plain shirt or top (no hoodies) and smart trousers.
If your interview is over the phone, you can also put on smarter clothing to make you feel ‘in the zone’!
Don’t be late!
If your interview is in person, you should aim to arrive around 15 minutes early.
If your interview is via video call/Zoom, you should log in around 5 minutes before the time of your interview. You can also practise logging in a few hours before the interview to check everything works smoothly.
Finally, wishing you good luck from everyone at Beam! Don’t forget that you’re a fantastic candidate for the job - it’s time to help the interviewer see that, too!