How can you succeed in a fire and security interview?

Interview Tips: Common Questions, Body Language & More

Let’s say you are to face an interview, wouldn’t you prepare for it?

Of course, you would.

Here are some tips in preparing for an interview.

1. Do some research about the company.

You can do some basic research about the company before you attend the interview. If you don’t know where to find information about the company, don’t worry. Almost every business is engaged in social media, so check their Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Below is some information that you can collect from a company’s social media page.

  • Products and brands associated with the company. For example, A company video shows an engineer installing Hikvision cameras.
  • Their achievements. For example, A company post a recent award.
  • Key personnel. A company website about us page shows the key people behind the company.
  • The company’s contact page will show how many branches there are, and where they are based.

2. Can you guess some of the obvious questions?

I guess it’s a yes.

It is not difficult to guess them. Here are some frequently asked questions.

  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Most job interviews will contain at least a few open-ended interview questions. The open-ended questions are those that cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.”

When asked an open-ended question, follow the below steps:

  • Focus on the job description.
  • If necessary, provide an example.
  • Don’t pick a strength just because it’s in the job description or because it worked for your buddy.

CCTV engineers are expected to work long hours. Try to show that you are prepared to work long hours if required.

Not every day is the same, try to give an example of how you responded to an unexpected challenge.

  • Know your weakness(es) and only discuss work-related weaknesses.

Admit it. Let’s say you hate traffic jams. Say you generally dislike traffic jams but that you are learning to use navigation effectively.

3. What is a skills test in interviews?

In most cases, you will be asked to assemble a system (e.g. CCTV, Intruder Alarm, Fire Alarm or Access Control). Let’s say the client asks you to wire an intruder alarm system with detectors. You should be able to wire an intruder alarm circuit, but not necessarily program it. The programs are very much similar. But some features are proprietary, so it’s very uncommon to expect one person to be familiar with all makes.

4. What are the best questions to ask at the end of the interview?

When a job interviewer asks if you have any questions, don’t say no. Leave a good impression by asking questions about the working patterns, training provided and career advancements. Don’t ask about pay rates or hours of working. In many job openings, it is common to see this information.

5. Make the right first impression.

Dress to impress and turn up on time. You can use Google maps to plan your journey. Arrive early and be friendly to all receptionists and security guards. Arriving 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled interview is acceptable. Any more than that, and you may be sending the wrong message.

6. Good luck.