I’ve posted on interviews before (check out the tag cloud on the right of the screen), but just wanted to alert you to some new-style interviews which are appearing on the horizon and are worth researching.
In anything you’ll ever read about preparing for interviews, it’ll be impressed upon you that the key to success is Research, Preparation and Practice – and nothing has change there – it’s essential to be well-informed about the role, the organisation and the sector, and to be able to link your experience and skills to that role in an enthusiastic manner.
However, the way in which some organisations are choosing to conduct their interviews is changing, as they take advantage of new technologies and new research.
So you may find yourself being interviewed via Skype, or asked to record your responses to questions.
And you may also encounter a different style of questioning. You’re probably all familiar with the Competency-type questions, and using the STAR technique to answer them. And just as we were all getting good at answering questions along the lines of ‘tell me about a time when…..;
- …you’ve shown leadership
- ….worked as part of a team
- ….demonstrated good communication skills
- ….organised something
– the traditional competency-base questions……then along comes Strength-based interviewing, now used by some of the big players such as Barclays, EY, Nestle etc.
Aware that it’s possible to practice and refine your ability to answer Competency questions, some organisations are choosing Strength-base questioning as a way to try to get beyond this. With questioning along the lines of:
- When are you at your best
- What energises you?
- What do you do well?
- When do you feel you are most like yourself?
- How can you capitalise on your strengths more?
interviewers try to find out whether you’re a good fit for their role and organisation.
For more on all these interview-innovations, take a look at the following:
- – Guardian articles on Strength-based interviews and Skype interviews
- – information on recorded/automated interviews and FAQs from one organisation who uses automated interviews
- – general information from Targetjobs on Videoed interviews
- – practice a recorded interview via Interview Simulator, our new interview resource on MyEd
And read all our online advice, and watch our videos via the Careers Service website.
Combine your Research and Preparation with some Practice (answering anticipated questions out loud via practice interviews, Interview Simulator, using a recording device, getting friends to ask you questions etc) then you’ll give yourself the best chance to succeed at your interviews.