Preparing for an interview

  • Find out as much as you can – research the job, the employer, the industry/profession and the area where the job will be based.
  • Read the advert and/or paperwork from the employer several times so that you understand of what kind of person the employer is looking for and the job requirements.
  • Re-read your application to remind you what you wrote.
  • Think again about your own skills which match the job requirements.
  • Prepare and practice, (with a friend, family member or even a mirror) some confident answers to questions commonly asked in many interviews.  Some examples are;

-          Why do you want this job/college place?

-          What experience do you have which will help you and us?

-          What skills will you bring to this job?

-          What are your strengths and weaknesses?

-          Can you explain the gaps in your learning and/or work?

-          What do you want to be doing in five years time?

  • Prepare any questions you may want to ask about the job. Don’t be afraid to write them down and take your notes with you. It will show that you prepared for your interview.

Be positive during your interview

  • Shake hands confidently when you arrive and leave.
  • Keep good eye contact with your interviewer(s).
  • Look interested at all times.
  • Speak clearly and show you are listening.
  • Listen to the questions carefully and give your best answer.
  • If you don’t understand a question, ask for it to be repeated or said differently.
  • Look at your notes if you need to.
  • Ask when you would be able/expected to start the job.
  • Ask when you will be contacted with a decision about you.

Accepting a job offer

  • If you’re successful in your interview:
  • Thank the employer for offering you the position.
  • Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of employment, including pay.
  • Agree a start date.
  • Ask when you are likely to receive the formal offer letter.

If you’re unsuccessful:

  • Don’t be disheartened. People apply for many jobs and are interviewed many times before they are offered the job they want.
  • Do ask for feedback – this is really worth doing as it may highlight things you need to improve on for your next interview.



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