British Job Interview Tips

A job search in the UK (United Kingdom) requires more than just the obvious British CV writing and translation. You have to pass the British job interview. You will face issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you start planning to go for jobs in the UK.

Do not misjudge the impact they can have on the result of your adventure! For example, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.

art_warning British Job InterviewMost visits to the UK are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. The British authorities have carried out a number of arrests as a result of investigations into terrorist networks.

Prepare yourself for the British job interview. Before an interview find out information about the company you want to work for. Practice your few-sentences "speech" about who you are and what you do. Do not whine. Do not talk about being jobless. Do not dump on your former employer. Be positive.

Be aware that the same keywords you used in your CV will be the foundation for your job interviews. Not only you need to be able to write about your key words, but also during an interview, you must be able to talk about them as well in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

art_remember British Job InterviewRemember, how you dress is the one of the most important parts of not being hired.
So, check the
British dress code

The British job interview is a time of mutual assessment. A panel of three or more interviewers for the purpose of assessing your technical competencies may confront you.

Punctuality is expected, so arrive at least 10 minutes before the job interview and turn off your cellphone. Show your friendly face. Look less serious and more cheerful. Remember to bring with you copies of professional and academic qualifications. An extra CV can be handy too. You will never get a second chance to make a first impression!

The British job interview begins with introductions and handshakes. Shake hands with everyone present. Women should extend their hand to men first. Titles are important - particularly Dr, Professor and even those such as Mr., Mrs. and Ms. Normally those present do not exchange business cards at the job interview.

Manners are important. Do not sit until invited. Men should open doors for women and stand when a woman enters a room. It is best to avoid body contact and to keep a wide distance when conversing. One should also avoid emotional responses, loudness, overuse of hand gestures and patting on the back! Staring is considered rude. Do not use excessive, demonstrative hand gestures when speaking.

Talk effectively demonstrating your knowledge of the industry and/or the company, do not interrupt the interviewer and criticize former employers.

Prepare for all kinds of interview questions about yourself, your skills, qualifications, experience and hobbies. Listen carefully to the questions. Answer them respectfully, directly and as fully as you can, avoiding arrogance, boasting, and yes and no answers.

art_tip British Job InterviewAt the British job interview do not volunteer information that the interviewer does not ask for

British job interviewers often ask about your past successes and mistakes on the job. It is a good idea to prepare a few career success stories and couple that had less than favorable outcomes but were learning experiences.

You do not have to answer personal questions, but consider in advance how you are going to tackle them. If you feel uncomfortable with a question asked, simply smile and say, "In my country, that would be a strange question."

Also, ask interviewers questions about the internal operations, responsibilities and even benefits. Do not forget to ask, “When can I expect to hear from you?” (if that has not been discussed).

Legally British job interviewers are not allowed to discriminate. They must select candidates on the basis of equal opportunity for all, regardless of age, ethnic origin, gender or sexual orientation.

At the end of your interview and before leaving, thank everybody present for the interview opportunity and shake they hands.

Sending a thank you note after the interview is considered appropriate. So, do not forget to write a thank you letter and subsequently follow-up by letter, email or phone call. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong/final interest in the position.

British companies make extensive use of Assessment Centres. The tendency among some companies is to use them even at the beginning of the selection process, before the interviews. During such tests, which can last up to three days, intelligence, social and communication skills and management qualities are tested.

Other British Job Interview Info

When you receive an invitation to the British job interview, take a quick look at job interview tips and other job search skills pages.

We hope that your British job interview has been successful. Follow up the job interview with a thank you letter. Employers regard this as an indication of your strong interest in the position.

In addition, on the international info, job search, visa, work permit, cover letter, CV & resume, job interview and dress code pages you will find many useful tips for overseas job seekers.

Good luck with your British job interview!


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