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29th February 2012, 10:00 AM
FDM Group Review - Interview Guide

In a bid to assist the countless graduate job seekers in the current economic climate, FDM Group, the UK’s largest IT graduate employer, has compiled this guide to FDM interview questions. At FDM we utilise a variety of interview techniques such as assessment days and face-to-face interviews. This guide will not only benefit candidates preparing to answer the FDM interview questions at one of our assessment centres, but will also be of benefit to all graduate job seekers preparing for a job interview.

Prior to the job interview

How Google friendly are you? Prospective employers may well search for you online, so ensure that your professionalism is communicated across the web. Ensure that your private life is hidden away and never leave your Facebook profile open for all to see.

Research the company – how do you know you want to work there if you don’t know what they do? Learn about the business, why you want to work for them and what makes you right for this position.

Know your CV thoroughly – you could be asked questions in your job interview on any aspect of what you’ve written on there. Consider all of your previous work experience and ensure your CV highlights how the skills you utilised in these roles are transferable to the job you’re applying for.

Identify relevant skills and competencies - look for the skills or expertise that the company requires so that when the interview day comes and the interviewer asks about your strengths and core competencies, you will be able to provide relevant examples.

Practise - Ask family and friends to conduct mock interviews with you to give you a chance to practise answering potential FDM interview questions under pressure.

Successfully answering FDM interview questions

Answer the question that is asked – don’t just spout off everything that you have prepared, ensure your answers are relevant to the question asked and are succinct.

It’s not all about you – when answering FDM interview questions, consider how you can contribute to the company’s success. Explain why your specific skills are relevant to this role.

Provide examples – don’t just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to FDM interview questions. If you are asked ‘are you proficient with Java’ provide an example of a time you demonstrated this to add credibility to your answer.

Be professional – keep answers relevant to your work experience. For example don’t answer the interview question ‘what is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do’ with a personal hardship. The employer wants to hear about your previous work experiences and how you’ve handled these situations.

Be honest but know where to draw the line – if you are applying for a job in IT and in the job interview you are asked ‘what is your ideal job’ don’t respond with ‘being a PR Manager.’ Keep your interview answers relevant to the job role you are applying for. However, if you do not know the answer to the questions being asked, it is better to admit you don’t know the answer than try to bluff.

Why you? Think about what sets you apart from the other candidates when answering interview questions and what will make you an asset to the organisation. When answering such an interview question, be prepared to show how your previous work experience is relevant to the role you are applying for. Highlight any transferrable skills you have and how these will be beneficial in the job role you are applying for.

Ask questions in a job interview

Interviews are a two way process – remember that you are also assessing whether you would like to work for this company in this role. Clarify any aspects of the role that you are unclear of and don’t be afraid to ask questions that will make a difference to your working day. For example, will you be a part of a team? Will you be trained by anyone? How would they describe the company culture?

Consider your overall package – professionalism counts

In addition to how you answer the FDM interview questions, your overall presentation is important.

Dress to impress – don’t underestimate the importance of first impressions; wear business attire and be well groomed. Looking the part is key.

Arrive early for your interview and take a few minutes to neaten your appearance and remove your coat before you meet with your interviewer.

Body language – maintain open body language throughout the interview to appear honest and friendly. Engage the interviewers by smiling and having good eye contact.

Focus on your overall employability. An individual’s employability refers to more than just their technical skills which are relevant to the role. Increasingly employers are looking for well-rounded individuals who have basic commercial awareness and ‘soft’ skills. At FDM we provide our graduates with professional skills training, which includes communication skills, presentation skills, mock interviews and professionalism in the workplace.

Employers are looking for passion, enthusiasm and potential, in lieu of commercial experience. Anything you have to demonstrate these attributes are worth mentioning in the interview.

Finally, remember that employers are looking for a person, not a piece of paper, so make sure you demonstrate your personality as well as your professionalism.

1st March 2012, 05:41 PM
Moving this to Interview Etiquette.

3rd March 2012, 04:00 AM
really very useful and infomatic...thanks a lotttttttt................