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Earthstaff | Interview Guides

  1. 1. Interviews, are they that simple? Some tips and guides from our experience Many of us have been through a number of interviews in our careers and it is safe to say that no one interview is the same. We arrange almost 1,000 interviews a month for individuals like yourself and have built up a wide range of knowledge and expertise that we hope you will find useful. That being said, we’d urge you not to rely on our tips and commentary as every company is different and will approach their recruitment process in a different way. At Earthstaff we will make sure that we truly understand the company you are interviewing with and give you all of the preparation that you need to be successful in your potential career move. We hope this guide acts as useful supplementary interview guidance both now and in the future.
  2. 2. Your Next Interview Be as prepared as you can be 2 Oil and Gas As an Oil and Gas contractor, you will most certainly have to go through a series of telephone interviews. Telephone interview Preparation • Make sure you have a full battery life in case the call lasts longer than expected or you get called later than expected • Be in an area where you have good reception and will not get disturbed • Have another number just in-case i.e. home, work direct line if possible • Have a pen and pad in front of you, you may need to take notes During the interview • Build a rapport with the interviewer, will they want to work with you? • Do not interrupt the interviewer, let them finish what they are saying before you speak. This is a common pet hate amongst interviewers. • Back up your answers with situation/evidential answers. Justify your credibility. Questions Always ask questions, ask about the project, ask about the interviewers background, enquire about opportunities for progression for yourself and the company as a whole. Closing the interview In order for you to understand the process a little clearer, make sure you are aware of the next steps. Ask the interviewer when they plan to make a decision (but don’t sound too pushy). If you are interested in the role, make the interviewer aware that you are genuinely interested e.g. if they were to offer you the role, you would accept. Remember to thank the interviewer for their time and be pleased that you have done the best you can do.
  3. 3. Your Next Interview Be as prepared as you can be 3 Mining Mining is a global industry, you will find that the project you are interested in working on is in different country to where you are currently situated. This means phone interviews are the most common type of interview for candidates in the Mining industry. International phone calls • Be prepared for delays, make sure you are certain the interviewer has finished speaking before you reply. • Be in an area where you have good phone reception and where you will get disturbed or distracted Skype interviews • Prepare your surroundings; look around you, any clutter behind you could distract the interviewer. • Treat it like a face to face interview, dress to impress! • Record yourself before, look at how you come across over a video Content Some telephone interviews will the focussed around your personality/team fit and others will be questioning your technical ability and knowledge Technical • Know the job spec and correlate what you have done with what the job requires • Do your homework. Do you need to brush up on a skill set you have not used for a while? • Know your CV. What you have done and where, what mining projects have you worked on and what you gained and achieved. Personal • Tell me about a situation where you have failed or made mistakes. How did you cope and what did you learn? • Situational based questions. Again, know your CV and be able to give examples when you have worked in a team or led a project.
  4. 4. Your Next Interview Be as prepared as you can be 4 Renewables The interview process within the Renewables sector is typically split into two stages, the first stage being the telephone interview. Telephone interview Tips for a successful telephone interview: • Know the details of your experience on projects inside out, this information is key in demonstrating whether you are suitable for the role or not. • Do your research into the company, gain an understanding of their business and the projects they have completed. • In Renewables, it is essential to show your personal commitment to the project aside from your professional aspirations. Are you passionate about making a change in the world, for example, your commitment to reducing carbon emissions. If you are successful with the telephone interview you will move onto the second stage, the face to face interview Face to Face interview Tips for a successful face to face interview: • The telephone interview will go deeper into your technical skills, make sure you prepared for questions on this. • The face to face interview is where you need to really show your personality, think about how you want to come across. Make sure that your interviewers want to work with you. Tone, Style & Delivery • Your Tone of voice must convey confidence and enthusiasm and project a positive impression to your interviewer. • Smiling will enhances the way you come across and how the interviewer portrays your personality. • Experience: Answering specific technical question in relation to past project experience will have a positive impact on the interviewer