Interview advice

Creating rapport in an interview

Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. It is the art of making someone feel comfortable and accepted. To create rapport, we need to know how to connect with others regardless of their age, gender, ethnic background, mood, or the situation.

Psychometric testing in interviews

Employers often use psychometric testing to vet potential employees and help them understand a little more about your personality and ability to fit into the role they are offering – and this type of testing is becoming increasing popular.  

 

Even before entering a career in procurement, most people will already have a wealth of relevant buying experience – even if they don’t realise it. Whether it is haggling over a new phone contract, buying your first car, or searching online to find the best holiday deal – these can all involve skills that are highly transferable to most buying roles.

 

 

Negotiating the best starting salary

Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, most interviewers expect some bartering and, if it motivates you to put more into the job, it is worthwhile for both the applicant and the employer. More than any other negotiation, a starting salary must result in a win-win situation.

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