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How should I prepare for a job interview?

26 November 2013

Frances Gow, our careers consultant, gives useful tips about job interviews in article for the Graduate Careers Guide.

Some of the topics covered in the article include:

What shouldn't I talk about in a job interview?

According to Frances Gow, you should avoid talking about salary during a job interview, unless the interviewer asks you directly what kind of salary you're expecting. Also, you shouldn't talk about benefits (e.g. company car, phone, etc) or expected holidays. She also adds: "Never talk in a negative way about past and present employers".

What should you do if you don't know the answer to a question?

Our career consultant points out some techniques you can use to give yourself some thinking space, for example saying "Would you mind repeating the question?" or "That's a very interesting question, may I think about that for a moment"?

However, if you really don't know the answer, then be honest and say so. If you try to bluff your way through, it will most likely be obvious to the interviewer and will not work in your favour.

Frances Gow offers advice and guidance to students both one to one and in groups. She also advises academics on the delivery of Career Management Skills in the curriculum and manages projects, such as mentoring and a skills academy to improve the employability of students.

If you'd like to find out more about her work, please visit the Career Development Centre website.

Read the online magazine and check our advice on the job interviews section - page 50.


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