Interview tips

Many people find being interviewed a difficult and worrying experience. However, we have put together some tips to help you get through the process and be successful.

Prepare

Read the recruitment pack that has been sent to you and find out as much as you can about the organisation and section you would be working for.

Conduct some research by looking at their web site. You may even want to contact the organisation as they may be able to send you some additional relevant information.

Dress appropriately

Wear clothes that are smart and appropriate for the interview and culture of the organisation. Make sure you choose clothes that you feel comfortable and confident in.

Be on time

Make sure you know in advance how long it will take to get to your interview and how to get there. Plan your route and if possible visit the organisation beforehand to ensure there are no surprises when you go for your interview.

If you are travelling by car, find out where you can park, and allow plenty of time so that you do not have to rush and arrive at the last minute, or worse still late.

Questions

If you read the pack that you have been sent carefully, this will give you a good idea of questions you are likely to be asked. Pay particular attention to the essential items in the Person Specification.

Think about what answers you might give and make a list of questions you would like to ask the panel.

Evidence you may need Make sure you take with you all the documents you have been asked to bring to interview.

These may include a completed medical form, certificates, examples of work, driving licence and your passport or other documents covered by the Asylum and Immigration Act.

Smile

Show enthusiasm and try to be yourself. Interviewers want to hear what you have to say and this is your chance to shine so make the most of it – emphasise your positive points and show them you are the best person for the job.

Listen

Listen carefully to what is being said and to the questions being asked. If you do not hear or understand a question properly, ask the questioner to repeat it.

Answer the question fully Make sure you answer the question that has been asked and give specific examples whenever possible. Highlight your successes and the skills and experience you have to offer.

Closure

At the end of your interview, ask when you can expect to hear further and let the panel know that you are keen and intend to accept the job if it is offered.