Interview FAQs

Selling Yourself

Although a first interview is a two-way process, which provides you with more information on a prospective employer and the position on offer, its main purpose is for you to convince the interviewer that your experience and personality are better than those of your competitors. Regrettably, few of us are perfect, so if there are skeletons in your closet, such as a shaky academic record, then bring them out yourself before the interviewer discovers them and forces you on to the defensive. If you have a genuinely good excuse for exam failure than use it, but such feeble attempts as ‘other commitments’ or ‘a particularly difficult paper’ are best avoided. Even failure can be presented in a positive light if you can convince the interviewer that you have developed and matured as a result of it.

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