Interview Techniques

Interview Tips for ex-military service personnel

Following the successful submission of a CV, more often than not, the next stage of a job application will be an interview. This is usually the first opportunity for your employer to meet with you face to face and for you to convince them that you are the right person for the job. With so much riding on your performance during the interview, it’s hardly surprising that most people find interviews a nervous experience. However, with the right planning, preparation and practice, you can improve your interview skills and increase your chance of securing the job.

Securing the right job is proving more difficult for ex-military personnel and sometimes the preparation for the interview may require more input than that of your civilian counterparts. Interview tips and preparation is endless, however here are a few points to keep in mind.

1. Research the company and the job.
Employers are keen to see that individuals applying for a position have taken the time to research both the company and the job for which they have applied. Researching both the company and the job shows the potential employer that not only are you genuinely interested but you are also resourceful and knowledgeable and understand what is to be expected of you.

2. Avoid surprises and prepare answers to common interview questions
Some questions never change during interviews, so having this in mind you can prepare for a flying start. The most common questions are about your skills, your last employer, about the job, your motivation, your personality and interests. Take time to think about these potential questions and always use appropriate language, remember avoid using military abbreviations or acronyms.

3. Be positive and make a great impression
Do not forget that within the first few minutes, only 7% of the employer’s opinion is based on what you say; the rest is judged on how you look and behave. Be positive about yourself and try to be confident during your performance. Listen to the question and answer clearly and concise.

4. Know your CV
Your CV will highlight your strengths, skills and experience but it will not cover everything about you. From the information you have provided with your CV, the potential for more questions will arise; so having the ability to answer those questions will make a great impression. Review you CV and prepare answers to possible questions based on the information you have given, trying to adapt your answers to fit with the position you are applying for.

5. Ask questions of the end of each interview
By asking questions you show you are enthusiastic and interested in the job or the company.

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