Interviews are always a nerve wracking experience no matter how many times you’ve done them. They key to success is preparation.
Dress To Impress.
First impressions count, so make sure you dress appropriately. Different jobs have different dress codes but you can never go wrong with a smart outfit. Ladies, a smart dress or skirt/trousers and blouse with some sensible shoes. Gentlemen, a smart shirt with collar, smart trousers (black, grey or navy) and shoes – keep it plain, smart and simple.
Be prepared to answer questions on what you’ve written on the application form or what is in your CV.
Some of the most common questions asked at interview are:
- Why do you want this job?
- What do you know about this company?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Give me an example of where you have worked in a team
- What skills do you think you can bring to this job?
Never be afraid to take your time when thinking about how to answer. Relax and think about what you want to say before you start talking. Set your own pace and don’t rush.
Almost every interview ends the same way: “Do you have any questions for us?”
Make sure to have at least 1 question to ask them. If you’re having trouble thinking of something try one of the examples we’ve provided below:
- What is the career progression path for someone starting in this role?
- What’s the work culture like here?
- I am really interested in this job, do you have any reservations that I could do a good job here?
If you’re struggling to come up with questions, take a look at our blog post for some more tips.
A lack of confidence is common when interviewing, especially if you don’t have much experience. Don’t worry, you wouldn’t have been invited to interview if you didn’t have something to offer.
Show them that you have all of those attributes they’re looking for – you may lack experience, but you’re enthusiastic and willing to learn.
Always ask for feedback, whether you get the job or not, this can help you to improve your performance. Feedback allows you to identify key strengths or weaknesses that the interviewer noticed during your interview. It will give you an indication of little things you may need to change or work on.