Before the interview:
- Read the job description carefully
- Make a list of the skills and abilities you need for the job
- Prepare a S.T.A.R example for each skill – please note you may not be asked about all of them but it is good to prepare!
What is S.T.A.R?
Situation – describe the situation you were in
Task – what were you trying to achieve?
Action – What action did you take to help achieve your goal?
Result – What did you achieve? What did you learn? What would you do differently?
- Research the company online and understand exactly what they do – they will be impressed!
- Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer – these can be anything, there are no silly questions.
- Prepare to prove you have a great attitude.
How would you answer the popular questions in an interview e.g.
Why do you want this job?
Why do you want to work for this company?
What are your training and development needs?
Where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time?
- Consider who you are –
What motivates you?
What are your passions?
How does this job link to where you want to be in the future?
How would your friends describe you?
What would you enjoy about the job?
What might you dislike?
What are your hobbies and interests?
What are you really good at?
How would your teachers describe you?
- Buy or borrow a smart outfit that fits
- Work out how to get to the interview – there is nothing worse than getting stressed and lost on the day!
- Get a good night’s sleep the night before your interview – yawning puts people off and gives off the impression you aren’t listening
- Carefully read any instructions you have been sent – you may have been asked to bring something with you or fill in a form prior to the interview!
On the day:
- Make sure you take your CV, certificates and ID
- Turn up on time – Ideally 10 minutes before the interview time
- Sit up straight whilst waiting – no mobile phones in the waiting area/listening to music
In the interview:
- Remember that first impressions count
- Make eye contact
- Try not to fidget
- Don’t cross your arms or legs, it creates a barrier
- Take this opportunity to sell yourself to the interviewer by showing them that you have the skills and motivation required to be an asset to their company.
Remember don’t be disheartened if you do not get the job after your interview, practice makes perfect! Ask a family member or friend to help you prepare to ease those nerves!
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