There is a wealth of advice about how to approach interviews online, but we understand that this area can still be a potential minefield for some people, especially if you are a relative newcomer to the jobs market or someone who hasn’t applied or interviewed for a job for several years.
Here we have summarised what we think are the most important tips to help you prepare for an interview with QBE.
Spend time familiarising yourself with your own CV/resume, and be clear on what your strengths and development areas are as well as what motivates you both professionally and personally. What are your unique selling points? Why should QBE or any other employer hire you over someone else?
In many cases you can anticipate what sort of questions you might be asked by reviewing the requirements on the job posting/description. Your answers should highlight the skills and experience you have that are most important/relevant to the position.
Also, have a list of your own questions to ask us. Come prepared to ask about the scope of the role and expectations and deliverables and how things operate. An interview should be a two way conversation and a lack of questions can often come across as a lack of interest.
Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early to ensure you avoid any queues at reception.
It’s always a good idea to plan your journey and your outfit in advance to avoid any last minute problems that could make you more anxious than you would otherwise be. You want to be focused on performing at the interview rather than wasting energy on trying to find the office or your best shirt at the last minute.
Do your homework and research QBE and the insurance industry more generally, so you are ready to answer any questions that may come up. There is so much information on the internet now that there really is no excuse not to.
Even if you don’t get asked what you know about the QBE or the insurance industry, it’s always best to demonstrate what you know by tying what you’ve learned about the company into your responses or your questions.
In addition to indicating what you know about the company, you should also try to develop a connection with your interviewer(s). You can make this easier to achieve by ensuring you listen as well as much as you talk. Don’t forget to smile and maintain a healthy amount of eye contact.
Be conscious of your body language and how easy it is to make the wrong impression. You want the interviewer to be focused on your answers rather than reading into common body language pitfalls such as too much fidgeting or waving of hands (nervous), slouching (too relaxed), folded arms (overly serious or inflexible)
Rest assured however that we will be reciprocating on this point as we want to get to know you as an individual and discover your true strengths and attributes.
During the job interview, try to relax and stay as calm as possible and be your true self. A certain amount of nerves and adrenalin on the day is no bad thing, but the calmer you are the more confident you will be, and the easier it will be to give a good account of yourself. Preparation is really important in this regard.If you need to take a moment to think about your answer to any particular question, that’s totally fine, and is a much better option than stuttering and stumbling over your reply.
Rest assured that it’s in our interests to make you feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
It’s always a good idea to follow up with a thank-you note reiterating your interest in the position. You can also use this as an opportunity to include any details you may have forgotten to mention during your interview.
And finally, from the team at QBE - good luck!