- Prepare and be ready for some of the most common questions an interviewer will ask. Don’t memorise your reply, you want to sound natural and genuine. But, think about the main points you want to cover when asked
- Tell Me About Yourself – the interviewer doesn’t know you, so this is the chance to sell yourself. Think about relevant experience, skills and how you meet some of the attributes the job will require.
- Talk Me through your CV – make sure you know your CV inside out and be able to talk about your previous jobs in a way that brings them to life and highlights the transferable skills that you can bring to the job you have applied for.
- Why do you think you would be the best person for this job – you need to have a good understanding of the job on offer, because this is your opportunity to explain how all your experience and skills are relevant to the vacancy
2. Find out what type of interview you are going to; is it a traditional 1-2-1 conversation with the interviewer? It could be a panel interview with several people from the company or a group interview where there are other applicants for the same job. Sometimes you may be asked to do some tests.
3. Do some research about the company and the position you are applying for. This will help you feel more confident when you are asked to explain why you would be suited to the job. It also helps you think of any questions you want to ask.
4. Don’t be tempted to respond to questions too quickly. Many people get nervous in interviews and talk too quickly. Don’t be afraid to take a pause and think before you reply.
5. Prepare some questions that show a genuine interest in the job. Maybe you want to know more about what the job entails or what it’s like to work at the company. Don’t be tempted to just ask questions for the sake of it. The best interviews are just a conversation.
6. Choose an interview outfit that is comfortable and suitable for the job you’re applying for. It doesn’t have to be a suit, but it should look smart and clean. Do you need a haircut, are your shoes polished?
This survey revealed that 37% of bosses have decided against an applicant based on what they wore. Amazingly 99% said they would be inclined to mark down female applicants of they wore dangly jewellery
7. Plan your route to the interview, whether you are driving or taking public transport, allow for traffic. If there is a local coffee shop you could arrive early and reduce stress. If not, aim to arrive 15 minutes before your interview so you aren’t rushing and you have time to go the toilet, check your hair, straighten your tie etc.
8. Take a copy of the job description and the person description with you in a neat folder. Read through them before you go into the interview. Take a couple of spare copies of your CV – just in case.
9. Finally, it’s natural to be nervous in an interview situation. Most interviewers know you may need some time to answer questions and compose yourself. Don’t panic – this is your opportunity to show them why they should hire you.