Interview Workshops

Stressed and nervous about an upcoming interview? Of course and this is very natural and part of the human condition. However research has proven that practice can be very effective and my experience allows me to conduct an interview workshop with you that will set you up for success for your interview with a mix of interview questions and scenarios.

I have over 10 years interviewing experience developed through a variety of in-house and consultancy HR roles. Trained by both the British Psychological Society and the Gallup Organisation I have the skill set you need to be set up for success for interviews.

Contact Avril Quinn today to book your interview workshop! email info@avrilquinn.com or call 086 2176742

Interview Workshop €75

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Workshops can take place in person or via Skype.

INTERVIEWS

It is really normal to feel nervous about an upcoming interview, this is all part of being human. Remember that nerves show that you care and are taking the interview seriously and that is not necessarily a bad thing! Thankfully the successful art of interviewing is a skill which can be learnt and practiced over and over again. Thanks to a concept called neuroplasticity we now know that the brain is plastic and hence with practice we can significantly improve our interview skills and give ourselves the best possible chance for that interview.

Preparation for interview is key and so is having your interview kit bag ready. You might say “interview kit bag what do you mean by that?” What I mean is your outfit that you will wear for your interview, shoes, a copy of your CV and Cover Letter for you to read while waiting for the interview and any other relevant information to job your memory such as references, course certificate etc. Additionally a good idea is to bring the company information with you based on the research you have done on the company. This is a really important one and don’t forget to do your web based research, literature research and find out any information you can about the company.

What to wear for interview? I always get asked this one, I am no fashion expert but what I do know is that when I interview people the people who are dressed smartly and professionally form a much better impression with me. You don’t need to wear lots of jewellery, perfume or aftershave just ensure you are dressed professionally and smartly and you won’t go wrong. A trousers and pressed shirt for the men if you don’t have a suit (no crazy ties please!) and a trousers and blouse or office skirt for the ladies again if you don’t have a suit. Keep your colours traditional and your style elegant and you will come across professionally.

And some other interview tips to help you on your way…………

  1. First things first a strong handshake is a must and there are all kinds of research studies proving the power of the strong handshake so ensure to practice that one.
  2. Secondly there are all types of interview out there ranging from 1:1 interviews, panel interviews, group interviews and phone interviews. In my experience what I usually do when I am interviewing somebody to settle their nerves I ask them to talk about their comfort zone, i.e. their experience so I will ask a question like “can you tell me briefly about your experience to date, what you have done since your Leaving Cert”.
  3. Thirdly there have never been more types of interview questions used by Recruiters which tap into personality, motivation, values, experience, hypothetical scenarios and potential. You don’t need to worry too much about the type of questions what you need to focus on is your method for answering them. This sounds very basic but I cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is to give specific examples. Why specific examples? Because they are the best indicators of future behaviour, general answers don’t do this. Can I illustrate what I mean by this? Certainly, an example question might be something along the lines of “Can you give me an example of a time when you set a positive example for your peers?” and your answer instead of being a general one like “sure I am like that everyday setting a positive example” would be much better answered by saying something like “yes I can, three weeks ago we had a shipment to get out by 5pm, the manufacturing lines were down during the morning so I worked through all my breaks to ensure that we met the deadline”, now that’s a specific example and a much better indicator of future behaviour.
  4. Finally at the end of the interview the interviewer will normally ask you do you have any questions for them. This is your golden opportunity to shine by asking something about future plans for company growth, expansion into new markets, five year plan for the company, how they plan on sustaining competitive advantage etc. All of these questions are proving that you have a genuine interest in the company, have done your research and are genuinely interested in the future direction of the organisation.