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Interview Tips

Interview Preparation

Rosie Keane admin, Interview, Driving and Industrial...

Interview Tips

Know what you’re applying for...

Make sure you analyse the job description and outline the knowledge, skills and abilities required.

An employer will want to know that you’ve researched the job and know exactly what you are signing up for! Also plan as far in advance as possible and work on answers to the most common interview questions.

What to bring...

It is important you bring all the documents that are required from you and any information you might need to complete your application as for example proof of eligibility in the UK, National Insurance card and proof of address.  Some roles may require a list of references, so be prepared for it.

How to make a good impression...

Be Positive.

Be well-mannered with any staff you meet before or after the interview and, if you're feeling particularly nervous, remind yourself that the very worst thing that could happen is you simply not getting the job.

Body language - Give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after the session. Once you're seated, sit naturally without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Throughout the interview, remember to smile frequently and retain eye contact.

Clarity - Answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant skills, experiences and achievements. It's perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if, at first, you're unsure what the question means. When answering, don't speak too quickly and don’t ramble!

Enthusiasm - It's important that you allow your personality to shine throughout, as well as ask thought-provoking questions at appropriate moments. Both of these strategies will demonstrate that you're genuinely interested in the role and listening closely to the interviewer.

Final Thoughts – At the end of most interviews the interviewer will most likely ask if you have any further questions.  Avoid questions like, ‘when do I get paid?’ or, ‘how long do I get for lunch?’ and focus on something more open like, ‘how would you describe the company culture?’ or, ‘what do you like most about working for the company?’

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