Interview Advice Dunfermline

The interview process can be critical to an employer's decision about whether or not to hire you; make sure you're prepared before you even step foot in the office. Below you’ll find related articles as well as local companies and providers that will help you in your search.

Ross Campbell Consultants
01383 736163
24 Viewfield Terrace
Options Recruitment Solutions
01383 736323
14 Viewfield Terrace
Morgan Blair Ltd
01383 738088
12 Abbey Park Place
Acetech Personnel Ltd
01383 427900
Rothesay Building
Jobcentre Plus
01383 316000
12 Factory Road
Pertemps Industrial Scotland Ltd
01383 842250
37 East Port
Search Consultancy Ltd
01383 734444
29 East Port
Adecco Uk Ltd
01383 749566
15 Pitreavie Court Office 28 Evans Business Centre
01383 420000
Forth Family Centre
Technology Project Services International Ltd
0131 3313030
South Queensferry
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Interview Techniques

Interview Techniques

If you haven't faced an interview for some time it can be a daunting prospect. One of the easiest ways to overcome interview paralysis is to thoroughly prepare beforehand.

  • The first step when you find out you have an interview is learn as much as you can about the company. Check the internet, news sites, get hold of a copy of their annual report and any company literature (most companies will happily provide this information). Be knowledgeable about the company so you can ask intelligent questions in the interview.
  • Preparation is the key. Plan your route to the interview, make sure you leave plenty of time and take a map.
  • Presentation means a lot. Make sure you have planned and prepared your outfit days, not hours before. Think carefully about the image you are projecting. Do you need a hair cut? Have you cleaned your shoes?
  • Before the interview make sure you have re-read your own application, considering and anticipating any questions they may have - do you have gaps in your CV? Why did you leave your last post? You can also prepare for typical interview questions ahead of the interview.
  • Remember first impressions count. Keep your body language positive, arms uncrossed with your body pointed at the interviewer. Try not to fiddle and look at whoever is asking you a question.
  • Keep positive and professional about former employers – no one wants to hear how horrible they were, it just reflects badly on you.
  • Keep your answers clear and succinct, don't waffle but do explain yourself fully. Don't make the interviewers drag information out of you. If you think something is relevant then mention it - you are selling yourself after all.
  • Finally, make sure you have prepared a few questions for the interviewer but remember this isn't the time to ask about the staff canteen. Here are some suggested questions .

Leave the interview with a smile, handshake and a positive attitude. One last thing to keep in mind is that a company may be employing you but you are choosing where you want to work.

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Presentation Skills

Job Interview Presentation Skills

Success in an interview often comes down to how well you can present yourself and your material. You may also find that for more senior posts you are expected to give a presentation - which could be on any subject from the company's last fiscal year to the first 5 years of your life! Here are just a few tips and hints to help you get over presentation jitters.

  • Know yourself and your material. If you have to present about a company then know about that company. It's fine to have reminder cards but you really need an intimate grasp of what you are talking about – only then can you communicate well. Make sure you practise before the presentation. Even better, get a friend to watch you.
  • Prepare, prepare, prepare. Make sure you know where you will be presenting. Don't spend hours preparing a PowerPoint presentation unless you know there will be a computer and projector available. If you do a PowerPoint make sure you have back up slides and handouts (you just never know).
  • Look at people when you are presenting and remain calm and relaxed, don't shout but project your voice. If you feel nervous focus on a spot across the room instead of mumbling into your chest. Take your time but don't labour a point. If you make a mistake just carry on - chances are most people will have missed it.
  • Make sure you have prepared for questions at the end. Don't be afraid to paraphrase the question - this makes sure you have understood and gives you valuable thinking time.

Remember your audience throughout your presentation - their needs, wants and attention span. If you keep focussed on them and are well prepared you should sail through.

You can get training to improve your presentation skills from Presentation Skills Workshop .

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