Planning and practicing your interview technique will make you much more confident in an interview. You may know lots about trees or be a fantastic climber but if you don’t come across well at this stage it could cost you the job.

Put yourself in an employer’s position and have a think about the type of questions they are going to ask under the following headings

Questions about you personally

These are usually the opening questions to allow you to talk freely. Expect ‘YOU’ based questions to crop up throughout your interview. These questions are designed just to find out more about you. The employer wants to know if they can work with you. How you fit in is just as important as your qualifications and experience. You must market yourself

Make up three questions about you personally and consider your answers.




Questions about your work experience and Knowledge

The interviewer is trying to find out more about your experience. These will make up the bulk of any first job interview.  Do your skills match the job requirements? Is your work/life experience relevant to the job? Do you have the right knowledge or will you require further training?

Now try to make up three questions about your work experience and knowledge.




Questions to test your competent’ s

An employer is trying to find out if you bluffing or can back up what you say you know? You may need to explain how you’d handle different work situation. You may be asked to describe relevant HSE legislation, P&D and fungi relevance using examples from your experience or training.

So now make up three questions an employer might ask to test your competence.




Here are some difficult questions you might be asked

Q: So tell us about yourself……

Q: Why do you want this job?

Q: What did/do you dislike about your last/ existing job?

Q: What are you most proud of in your working life?

Q: What are your weaknesses?

Q: Why should we employ you?

Also prepare some question you might consider asking an employer and note down their response. Here is some examples.

Q : I’m very interested in this job and think I’d be successful here. After talking to me how closely do you think I meet your requirements?

Q: If I was offered the job, what preparation could I do?

Q: What do you particularly enjoy about working for this company?

Q: If I’m successful, can you tell me what is likely to happen in my first week?

Q: Is there support available for people who want to gain extra skills?

 Q: I’m really impressed with the company and I’m confident I could do a great job. When can I expect to hear back from you?