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Is it OK to talk about salary/pay expectations at an interview?

Absolutely, in fact this is one item that should be spoken about prior to an interview. Its a total waste of time for everyone if the salary on offer doesn’t meet your expectations and the potential employer has not been given the opportunity to consider whether they are prepared to offer more. In fact any aspect of employment that will be deal breaker should be discussed prior to interview.

I am desperate to get this job, how can I make sure of my chances?

You can never be sure and your desperation is likely to show in your demeanour or the way you answer questions. There is nothing you can do to control the outcome of a job interview. You can do your best by being honest and answering the questions to the best of your ability. It is always disappointing hearing that you haven’t been successful but drawing a line and moving forward is the only logical thing to do.

Why do I get asked "behavioural" questions at interviews
How do I answer "behavioural" questions

For a start avoid giving a hypothetical answer. Example “when ‘blank’ happens I would respond this way”. The word ‘would’ is indicating a hypothetical behaviour. Behavioural questions should be answered with specific examples that describe not how you ‘would’ but how you ‘have’ responded. Also think about what you did and the outcome that resulted. Your interviewers will guide you through any other information that they are seeking that satisfies them that you have the inherant behaviour being sought.

Is there anything I can do to prepare for practical tests conducted at interview?

If you are advised ahead of time of a practical, skills test to be conducted at interview, the first thing to remember is that if you can’t demonstrate it, you probably should not have applied in the first place. If it is a skill that you have listed on your resume and you are able to practice it ahead of time then simply practice and prepare as best you can.

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