- Research: Find out all you can about the industry, the organisation and the job
- Reflect: Consider your skills and past achievements. Employers will expect you to know what they have to offer and be able to provide evidence of your potential value to the organisation and role.
- Rehearse: The job advertisement or description may provide some clues as to what the interviewer will ask you. Practise with a friend or relative and ask for their honest feedback. You can also rehearse in front of the mirror, or record your answers and listen back over them to identify areas for improvement.
- Ensure everything about your appearance reflects your professionalism and attention to detail, such as wearing appropriate attire for your industry, and having polished shoes, neat hair and nails.
- Be on time, and make sure your mobile phone is on silent or turned off.
- Smile, maintain eye contact and confident posture and body language.
- Listen to the questions and make sure you are answering the question you were asked, not the question you were anticipating.
- Avoid rushing into your answer without thinking. The interviewer will expect you to take your time and give a considered answer.
|You will probably be given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview, so think about what you'd genuinely like to know. Things you might ask about are:
Make sure that all your questions are not about the benefits such as employee discounts and promotions. Don’t ask questions about information you’ve already been given.
- questions based on your research
- the mentoring or training opportunities
- specific questions about the tasks you’d be involved in on a day-to-day basis or about the team that you would be joining
- relevant questions that show your enthusiasm, for example, the next stage of the recruitment process.
- Don’t forget to follow up the interview with a thank you email to the interviewer. Use this as an opportunity to reiterate your interest in the role. Make a note of any questions you struggled with and think of possible alternative answers so you’re better prepared next time. If you’re not successful at landing the role, ask for feedback to identify areas for improvement.