Interview like a pro
It’s easily the most challenging part of the AXA application process. But you can navigate it with confidence. Here are our tips for getting the most out of your interview.
Getting Interview Ready
“When practicing for my interview I used a mirror, it helped me make sure I appeared confident and was maintaining eye contact.”
Research the position, the interviewer, and yourself. Find out as much as you can about the role you are applying for – they’ll want to know why you want to work there and how much you know about the position you’ll be undertaking. If you have any uncertainty about the role, have questions ready on aspects that you need further clarity on. Who is your interviewer? Find out on LinkedIn so that you can tailor your answers appropriately. Know your CV inside out and back to front. Confirm what type of interview you’ll be attending: is it one-to-one or a panel of interviewers? Will you have any tests to complete on the day? If you’re well researched in all areas, you’ll be more confident, and after all, confidence is key to success.
Be Positive and Passionate
Prepare your Unique Selling Point (USP)
How to stand out during your job
Think about things that would be useful to know, but are difficult to know from the outside. Why the position has become available, what the team culture is like and what training is offered are all good examples of questions that show you want to know more about the company and grow in your role.
“Asking questions during an interview was something I was a bit nervous about so I prepped a few questions about my interviewer’s position and how they experience the culture, this started a great conversation and was a really nice way to end the interview.”
Demonstrate with examples
When you’re answering questions, give examples of occasions where you can demonstrate the strengths you say you possess. It makes your claim more credible if you can give specific instances when you managed someone well or dealt with a tricky situation. It is also good to demonstrate the results and impact you have had, and to have facts and figures to back these up.
Practice, practice, practice
If you do all these things well, you should have a much better chance of making a great impression and getting that AXA job you want. Good luck!