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It is important you are comfortable answering questions about your abilities, your career and your interests. This should be your specialist subject – think about it – you’ve lived and experienced it and so possess all the answers. However being sufficiently relaxed and comfortable is paramount. This frame of mind will naturally enable you to open up and recall details quickly from memory.
The opposite is also true. The more anxious you are the more your memory will shut down. Considering the purpose of the interview is for you to communicate clearly how exceptional you are, minimising anxiety is key. And one of the best ways to achieve this is …. Preparation! It all goes back to being ready. In fact before interview consider preparing some answers to reasonably common questions, so you can answer smoothly and naturally during interview.
So read and know your CV and Covering Letter inside out. Be prepared to flesh out any evidence in these documents, with more descriptive stories concentrating on your personal contribution and what the greater impact was (on project, team or performance).
There are various ‘standard’ interview questions commonly asked by employers. You may want to consider doing more research to become familiar with a few more. Once you’ve done this, it’s worth jotting down corresponding answers to focus your thinking on interview day. Ideally your answers should compliment details of the company uncovered in your more general corporate research.
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