First Impressions

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. To make the most of it take a few deep breaths before you open the door. Make eye contact with everyone from the receptionist to the CEO. Use your best polite manners and have an approachable smile ready. Shake hands with a grip that is firm, not tight or loose.

The Interview Panel

The interviewer has chosen to meet you because they are interested in what you have to say. They are looking for reasons to hire you. Actively listen to their discussion, and match their tone, style and body language with your own responses.

Question Time

Responding to interview questions are your chance to shine. Answer each question and elaborate for 3 – 4 minutes without going out on a tangent.

Draw on the STAR technique to respond to behavioural questions. It’s a failsafe way to prove how talented and competent you are. S-situation T-task A-action R-result. Search Google to find many helpful resources on the STAR technique.

If you need to hear the question again simply ask. The interviewer will not mind at all.

At the end of the interview is your turn to ask questions. Ask genuine questions that will educate you about the role. Think back to the questions that arose in your earlier preparation.

Close The Interview

Leave the interview with the same positive attitude you had when you arrived. Shake hands and thank the panel for their time. Follow up with a thank-you email when you arrive home. Then, all there is left to do is to wait patiently for the panel to reach out to you with their final decision.

Common Behavioural Question Topics:

  • Going the extra mile for a customer
  • Handling a difficult customer
  • Handling conflict with a workmate
  • Collaboration / teamwork
  • Performing under pressure
  • Managing competing priorities
  • Adapting to change in the workplace
  • Time Management

Why Register with McKinley Green?

McKinley Green are always here to support our talent. We continue to provide fresh temporary assignments, keep you up to date with the job market, as well as providing you with professional support ranging from job hunting tips to advice for acheiving on your first day.

If you are currently seeking work, please be aware that not all of our roles are advertised. Members of our talent pool that have previously registered with us can be contacted first when an interesting position becomes available. We encourage you to register with McKinley Green so we can match your talent with exciting work opportunities.