Interview Advice Portsmouth

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.


Robert Half
023 92856800
The Old Treasury
Southsea
Hays Plc
023 92877653
12 Edinburgh Road
Portsmouth
Staff Finder Agency Ltd
023 92812725
107 Elm Grove
Southsea
Betty Welch
023 92753986
67 Highland Road
Southsea
Pashley Recruitment
023 92861123
27 Great Southsea Street
Southsea
Best Connection Group Ltd
023 92864411
2 Sovereign Gate
Portsmouth
Firsthr Ltd
08454 500898
17 Pembroke Road
Portsmouth
Ascend Recruitment Agency
023 92837788
12 Marmion Road
Southsea
First People Recruitment
02392 838345
8 Edinburgh Road
Portsmouth
Randstad Employment Bureau Ltd
023 92865222
41 Arundel Street
Portsmouth
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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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