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Job interview tips

Before the interview

  • Preparation is key to conveying a professional image and calming your nerves.  Don’t leave it until the night before the interview.
  • Ensure you have taken time to thoroughly read the job description and person specification to find out about the job and organisation so that you can demonstrate your knowledge confidently.
  • Call the interviewer/recruiting manager beforehand, this will give you the chance to ask any questions you may have and will also show the interview that you are enthusiastic about the role.
  • Consider the most likely questions that you are going to be asked before you even get to the interview. This way you are ready and won't get stuck for something to say. The most frequent interview questions can all be prepared for. Find out how you meet the person specification and what personal qualities you have so that you can prepare some general answers.
  • What would you like to tell your interviewer? Have a think about what you would like the interviewer to know about yourself and make sure you mention this in during the interview.
  • Have some ‘mock interviews’ with a friend or a family member, this may help with your confidence on the day.
  • Familiarise yourself with how long the journey will take and where you are able to park including any parking fees applicable. On the day allow plenty of time to get there.
  • Wear smart appropriate clothes to convey a professional image.

At the interview

  • Arrive early - allow enough time to collect your thoughts.
  • Don’t forget to bring the documentation you have been asked to provide. If you  forget, this shows lack of attention to detail and may also delay the recruitment process.
  • Your interview is an opportunity to sell yourself and your qualities that you could bring to the role. Describe yourself, your greatest achievement, your unique qualities etc. Don’t be surprised if you are asked about your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Appear as calm and confident as possible. Look your interviewer in the eye and remember to smile – you will come across as friendly and relaxed, even if you feel nervous.
  • Ask something; never say you have nothing to ask at the interview. It makes you seem disinterested so always have a few questions to ask your interviewer planned in advance.
  • End positively, try and conclude in a positive note. This could be as simple as saying something like “I look forward to hearing from you".