How to be successful during the interview process

The interview can be a daunting experience and it is important that you prepare for it to ensure that your nerves don't get the better of you, and you articulate yourself as you would like to. The interview could be between you and up to three people dependant on the position and sometimes more. The aim is to establish whether you are the right person for the role you are interviewing for.

The interviewer will want to see that you have good knowledge of the company and personalities within that you are applying to, you understand what is expected from the role and how your previous experiences and qualifications will benefit you in succeeding. Prior preparation is key and there are a number of ways in which you can prepare.

You will be asked questions based around your CV, the role you are applying for, the security industry in general and about you as a person.

It goes without saying that you have to be dressed immaculately. Forget the latest fashions and go with a traditional well fitting suit, pastel coloured shirt, plain tie, dark socks and polished shoes. One of the best role models for dressing to interview are politicians on TV, if you follow their appearance then you won't go far wrong.

In addition carry a small unobtrusive notebook that will fit in your suit jacket pocket and smart pen. However, do not take notes all the way through the interview as it's about engaging with the interviewer and you can't do this if you are writing or typing on an iPad.

Ensure you arrive in good time for the interview and if possible recce the location so you have no last minute panics as to where it is being held. It is a good idea to locate yourself nearby prior to the interview, have a light meal, ensure you are hydrated and read over your notes.

When entering the interview acknowledge the people in there and take a seat once requested to. Whilst sitting, ensure you sit up straight, be attentive, acknowledge what is being said to you through gesturing such as nodding and answer their questions fully. Remember when answering questions to pause first and think about what you are about to say. Take your time to explain yourself, be engaging and try to answer in a confident manner. This is your opportunity to talk to the interviewer, you must sell yourself at this point, you will not progress to the next stage being modest. Make sure you use examples of past experiences but make them relevant to the role you are applying for. Do not use an example and then say but it's confidential so i can't really go into detail, use one that you can talk about.

Some classic generic questions you can prepare for beforehand are:

- Why do you want the job

- What do you know about this company

- What do you think you could bring to this role - Why are you looking to leave your current employment

- What would you say are your strengths and weakness's

- Where do you see yourself in three years time

Make sure you have some questions ready for the interviewer also, classic generic questions you can ask are:

- What opportunities are there for progression within the company

- Why has the role become available

- What does the company do to promote personal education and career development

Following the interview send an e-mail to the lead interviewer if possible thanking them for their time and detailing your contact information should they need to follow up on any of the points discussed. 

Go to the Employment Advice tab on the site for one of the most comprehensive guide to interviews on the internet.

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