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Many people find being interviewed a difficult and worrying experience. We have put together some tips to help you get through the process and give you a better chance at success.

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Research about our history, priorities, values, services, and recent events. Understanding our culture can help you respond to the interview questions to align with our values

Know the job description and person specification

Thoroughly review the job advert to understand the specific qualifications and skills we are looking for.

Be prepared to discuss how your experiences align with the job requirements.

Dress appropriately

Choose smart/casual clothing that is appropriate for the interview and culture of the organisation, it’s better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.

Prepare your questions

Have questions ready to ask the interviewer if they were not covered during the interview. This shows your interest in the position and our organisation. Questions could include asking about the team set up, any challenges the team faces or our future goals.

Remember that interviews are a two-way street. Whilst we will be assessing you, you should also assess whether both Stevenage Borough Council and the role itself align with your career goals and values.

Be on time

Arrive on time for the interview, ideally a few minutes early. It's a good idea to do a test run to the interview location if you're not familiar with it. If you are driving or travelling by public transport, check ahead on where to park and times for transport links.


Instructions will have been sent out with your interview invite detailing who will be on the interview panel and where your interview will be held, along with who to ask for at reception.

Bring extra copies of your CV

Although the interviewer will already have a copy of your CV, it's a good idea to bring extra copies. You may also need them for reference during the interview.

Good luck!