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Interview help

Congratulations on gaining an interview! The thought of an interview can be nerve wracking but don't panic, read our simple tips to help you in your interview –

  • Research - Get on the web and look up as much of that company's history as you can. If you can, drop some facts into the interview
  • Prepare - Get a good night's sleep and have your interview clothes ready! Think about what to wear. If you’re applying for a job in a cool shop you might want to go a bit funkier and individual. Take your CV and other documents with you such as exam certificates and your Record of Achievement. Make sure you know how to get there. Check times of the bus or train and how long the journey takes. Aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Be prepared -You may be asked to fill in forms or sit a test. Take your letter of invitation with you. Do not take friends or family along. You should know the name of the person who is going to interview you. Be polite, be prepared to shake hands, sit down only when asked. Do not smoke, eat sweets or chew gum. Turn your mobile phone off before you go into the interview
  • Look confident and smile (even if you feel like a wreck on the inside!) - Sit up straight in your chair and maintain eye contact with the person (or persons) interviewing you, rather than looking at your shoes
  • Tell the truth - Think a little before you answer each question, but try not to say 'erm...' while you're thinking. Just take it slowly, you’ll appear more confident that way
  • Try and be yourself - Don’t pretend to be something you’re not even if you feel weird because you’re nervous. The people interviewing you will expect you to be a bit nervous and should try and make you relax. Be ready for questions such as ‘why have you applied for this job?’ ‘What do you know about the organisation?’
  • Always ask a question - At the end of the interview, ask any questions you have prepared if they have not already been answered. It may help to write them down and take them with you. For example does the organisation offer training? What will my duties be? Are special clothes provided? If they’re covered in the interview tell the panel. Answer questions in sentences. Remember to stress your skills and achievements
  • At the end of the interview - Say 'goodbye, thank you' and shake hands.

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