How to practise for job interviews

There are few situations as nerve-racking as job interviews. In fact, for many people, the very thought of them can induce sweaty palms and a dry throat. There is, of course, a great deal that you can do to prepare – and not just in terms of what to say. Here, with the help of some industry experts, we examine the benefits of mock interviews and how to make the most of them… 

Knockout interviewing: how to come across well at your interview

Making a good impression at interview isn’t just about what you say. What you communicate through your body language and appearance also has an impact, so here’s how to boost your chances of success…

Handling competency-based interview questions

Here, we examine this approach to interviewing and hear some tips from an expert on how to tackle the questions you might be asked.

What are competency-based interviews?

We’re all more than aware of how stressful interviews can be, but try throwing a new and unfamiliar formula into the mix… Competency-based interviews are increasingly popular among recruiters but there really is nothing to fear if you know what to expect. We walk you through some of the common questions and give you hints and tips on how to deal with them…

What is a competency-based interview?

Put simply, it’s an interview in which you are asked questions that relate to past situations that you’ve found yourself in, primarily at work.

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Interview questions you shouldn’t be asked

Laws like the Equality Act 2010 intend to prevent companies from not employing people because of their race, religion or sex. They’re designed to stop discrimination and mean there are certain questions an employer is not allowed to ask you in a job interview.

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But what if they do ask one of those questions? How do you know if the question is ignorance of the law – or something more sinister? What’s the correct way to answer? What action can you take against a company?