Make sure CCW remembers you - for all the
What does the interview focus on?
CCW usually uses competency based (or behavioural) interviews.
These are based on the premise that past behaviour is the best
predictor of future behaviour.
Competency based interviews are structured, with questions that
relate directly to the competencies required for the job. Our
interviewers seek to obtain information about your past behaviour
in certain situations.
CCW interviews focus on those competencies that are most
important for the particular job. You may also be required to
demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a particular area.
- Do the homework. Spend some time checking out our website.
Learn as much as possible about CCW, as well as the specific job
you are applying for.
- The competencies against which you will be assessed are listed
in the job description. Try to anticipate what questions may be
asked and rehearse your answers.
- Consider your role in the situation
- Were there any potential barriers or pitfalls?
- How did you overcome them?
- Is there anything you would have done differently?
- Is there anything that you have learned?
- You may not be asked these particular questions during
interview, but they will prepare you for possible questions and
encourage you to think about these areas.
- Think of answers to some of the most common questions people
ask such as: Why do you want to work for us? Why should we hire you
over other applicants? What qualities or talents would you bring to
the job? Be prepared to say in two sentences why you should have
the job rather than someone equally qualified. Think about matching
- offering examples of why your skills and experience are a
- Re-read your application form, so you are really familiar with
The Day before the Interview
- Plan your route and timing carefully to arrive a few minutes
early - but not too early. Check out the address and parking
facilities before the interview date. Allow time for delay.
- If you are taking papers with you, put them in a suitable case
or folder, so that you can find the one you want easily.
- You only have one chance to make a first impression. Look and
sound the part.
- Most people say far too much at interview. Keep it simple.
Don't let nervousness lead you to ramble. Short appropriate answers
that convey positive information will take you further.
- Don't monopolise the conversation, you will learn more by
letting your interviewer talk.
- If you've got to interview, we think you can do the job, so
don't give us reasons not to appoint you. Don't be negative about
yourself - or previous employers.
- You can’t avoid difficult questions. Sometimes, they will aim
straight for your weak spot, investigating past problems or dead
ends in your career. Try to use your prepared brief responses and
give upbeat replies.
- We know an interview is a very false and nerve-racking process.
We will make allowances for that.
- Be enthusiastic and see a job interview as an opportunity to
sell yourself and your skills. It should not have to be an
- If you know you can get flustered in an interview situation,
feel free to use pre-prepared ‘crib notes’ to remind yourself of