Interview spotlight – Why do you want to work for us?

It may appear a simple enough question at first glance, but the interviewer is actually looking for a number of important points to be addressed – and they may not be immediately obvious…

If you spend some time considering your answer before you go to the interview, you won’t be caught out on the day and will be able to provide the interviewer with the information they are looking for. As the saying goes: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Interview spotlight – ‘What are your weaknesses?’

This tricky question is often a stumbling block for candidates – how will telling the interviewer about your flaws get you the job? As with all interview questions, it helps to be prepared, so take these suggestions on board…

Why are they asking me this?

First of all, the question isn’t meant to catch you out: the interviewer is looking to see whether you are able to identify your own weaknesses and how you deal with them. In a business environment, some negatives can be seen as a positive. For example, you might be meticulous

How to present well at interview

If you’ve been asked to give a presentation, there’s no need to panic. It can be a nerve-wracking prospect, but with some simple planning and practice you can excel.

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Very few people are born presenters or public speakers. The difference between you and someone you know who presents brilliantly is almost certainly that they’ve done it more often than you have and know how to prepare. Take Steve Jobs, who used to dazzle the world each year with his relaxed demonstrations of new Apple gadgets. He was known to spend days preparing

Interview spotlight – ‘Tell me about yourself’

When you go to a job interview it’s almost inevitable you will be asked: “Tell me about yourself.” Although this is a frequently asked question, interviewees can still find it difficult to answer, as it is such an unstructured question that is open to all sorts of interpretation.

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The interviewer will often open with this question for a number of reasons: to see how you conduct yourself in an unstructured situation, how confident you are, if you can think on your feet and whether you are articulate.

How to prepare for an IT interview

Does anything this side of a great white shark inspire quite as much terror as an IT job interview? Probably not.

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“IT interviews tend to include technology-specific questions or actual technical (practical) tests, as well as the usual behavioural and general background and motivation questions,” explains Natasha Brooks, Head of IT Recruitment at Robert Walters. But fear not, Natasha has given us some insider tips on how you can prepare…