Interview Advice

Preparation for interview is essential and can be the deciding factor between yourself and another candidate who is less prepared.

We actively encourage and support all candidates to prepare for their interviews and any employer who is taking the time to interview you will expect this as a minimum.

Here are our TOP TIPS!

Forward Planning

This is vital. Have you researched the journey, practiced the route, found parking or planned your route connections if going by public transport? We do sometimes find ourselves guiding candidates to their interview at the last minute due to this not being considered.

Dress code

Suited and booted.

Time Keeping

Arrive 10 mins prior to interview start – check route and allow plenty of time. Please maintain contact should a problem occur – 01543 279752.

I.D / Right to Work / Certificates

Please take: Passport, Driving Licence (both parts) Utility Bill (last 3 months) and relevant certificates.

Research and Understanding

  • Look over the company website and note some key facts.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the role on offer.
  • Be familiar with your CV and your suitability for the role.

By knowing this basic information about the company it will show you are resourceful, and will give you confidence in the interview. (This is especially important for Senior/Lead/Managerial roles)

If you are unable to demonstrate an understanding of the role it will give the impression that you are not entirely interested or committed to the post. If you are unsure or do not have a full understanding of the role, please contact us on 01543 279752 and we can go through it with you.

Scenario Questions

Scenario questions show how you deal with typical everyday situations.

Give clear relevant answers and tie in real examples from your own experience.

Before the interview think about examples and keep them at the front of your mind for the interview.

Things To Remember

EXPAND on all of your answers as much as possible! Depth and detail are key.

Give clear relevant answers and tie in real examples from your own experience.

Think about how you might sum up your experience or describe key areas of your experience relevant to the role you are applying to?

Bear in mind: qualifications and levels you deliver, caseload size, geographical area you cover, class sizes you teach, targets you work to and performance against these, (if relevant) number of staff and roles you manage, responsibility for budgets, business development, growth, contract management etc.

Why are you interested in this role / looking to leave your current employer?

Please do not be negative about your current employer as this never goes down well. Try to make this less complicated and tie in something positive about the company/role that you are being considered for.

Have you got questions of your own?

To have questions shows resourcefulness and keenness. If they have covered everything – rather than saying that you have no questions just confirm that you had some prepared, but they have been covered.

Scenario / Competency Questions

This is one of the most important parts of the interview and will reflect on many areas such as your suitability for the role, ability to handle pressure, how you would handle certain situations and relevant knowledge and experience. The interviewer will normally ask you to either “describe a time when…” or “what would you do if…”

  • You should always give clear relevant answers and tie in real examples from your own experience.
  • Before the interview think about a range of examples to demonstrate dealing with challenging situations, achievements, coping under pressure, turning things around, meting a deadline, demonstrating leadership skills and initiative etc.. Keep them at the front of your mind for the interview.
  • Take your time and expand on all your answers as much as possible! Depth and detail are key.

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