Getting an interview is a huge step in the right direction and even if you don’t get the job you will have learned valuable experience for your next one! Follow our top tips for the best chance of success.
- Do your research - if you have access to the internet, look at the company's website, also read any leaflets, articles etc.
- Try to anticipate what questions you are likely to be asked and try to have suitable answers ready. "Why do you want this job?" "What relevant experience do you have?" "Can you tell me how you would deal with this or other situations?" "Can you give an example of how you used your (creative / analytical / negotiating) skills recently?
- Read through the job description and person specification again, thinking through what qualities you have that match your employer's requirements.
- Read your CV again and be ready to answer questions on what you have written
- Think of one or two questions you would like to ask. An interview is not only for the employer to find out about you, but also for you to find out about the job
- Wear something presentable but also comfortable (it does not need to be a new outfit)
- Double check the interview date, time and location. If you are not sure how to find the premises, ring up and ask directions
- Give yourself plenty of time to get there, allowing for public transport delays or finding a suitable parking place.
For more useful hints look at the National Careers Service Website: http://www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk