Interview Tips

  • Consider the most likely questions that you are going to be asked before you even get to the interview
  • Research the company and job role.
  • Consider your appearances – make sure you look smart! Dress to impress.
  • Focus – Listen to what the interviewer is saying.
  • Smile – look like you want to be there.
  • Ask something – make sure that you have a couple of questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Make notes – making notes makes you look interested in the role.
  • End positively – thank the interviewer for their time.

What questions commonly come up?

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Can you give an example of when you had to cope with a difficult situation?
  • What has been your greatest achievement?
  • What are your goals?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Do you have any questions?

On the day essentials

  • Have an early night/quiet night if possible.
  • Have the travel route you are going to take planned.
  • Make sure you have what you want to wear ready.
  • Have a decent breakfast so you feel energised for your interview, and so you don’t get “rumbly-tummy” syndrome.

Feeling the fear

Most candidates do get nervous before an interview, this is completely normal.

  • Try to channel the nervousness into positive energies.
  • Remember the interviewer(s) may also be nervous.
  • No one will mark you down in an interview for being nervous – some people say it shows you care!
  • Normally you will actually make a worse impression by looking complacent or superior.

Focus on your body language

  • The interview starts the minute you walk through the door, sometimes they can even see you in the car park!
  • Smile, this helps create a positive atmosphere.
  • Make sure you have eye contact with the interviewer(s) – this helps to show confidence and interest.
  • The occasional head nodding shows interest, as well as good posture while sitting down.
  • Don’t slouch or cross your arms.

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