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Interview Preparation

A big part of your performance in an interview depends on how well prepared you are, don’t leave this to the last minute, in the days leading up to your interview you should concentrate on researching:

Employer – show that you understand their business, what they do and why they do it.

Role – it is important that you understand the role and can explain why you are applying for it.

Questions – you should consider how you will answer questions, and any questions that you would like to ask the interviewer. These can be;

  • What do you enjoy about working for the company?
  • Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of the role?
  • How can I develop my career with your organisation?
  • Is there training offered to improve my skills?

How to make a good impression

Prior to your interview think of ways that show you in a positive way, dress smartly and appropriately.

Be on time – being late for the interview will give a bad first impression and may also make you feel stressed out, starting the interview off on the wrong foot.

Enthusiasm – be polite and professional. Try to answer questions with a positive attitude and avoid bad-mouthing your current or any past employers.

Body language – sit naturally without slouching, throughout the interview and maintain good eye contact. Smile and enjoy the interview.

Be concise – answer all questions clearly, mentioning your skills, achievements and experience. It is acceptable to ask for clarification of any questions you are unsure of, and to pause to consider your answer before giving it. Try not to speak too quickly when giving your answers. Think about the question you are being asked.

At the end of the interview be sure to thank your interviewer for their time and tell them you look forward to their feedback.