Preparing effectively for interviews will help you to be ready for what the employer may ask you. Employers often get frustrated by unprepared applicants, so don’t let yourself fall into this category.
Use these tips to make sure you give yourself the best chance of doing well in an interview.
You can also watch our short video on preparing for interviews confidently
You will be required to demonstrate the skills you mentioned in your CV or application form so prepare examples of your skills. Look at the job description and make a list of the skills that are needed for the job. Then prepare examples of when you have demonstrated these skills.
- Number of employees
- Products and services
- Company values
- Mission statement
Asking the interviewer questions will show that you are passionate about the role and that you are interested in the company. Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Our online workshopsaround preparing for interviews will give examples of what questions to ask.
Here are some other questions you could ask;
- What kind of training will I be given if I am offered this job?
- Who are your main competitors and what do you do to make yourself better than them?
- What do you think it takes to be successful in this job?
As well as knowing what to say, you need to make a good first impression with your appearance, behaviour and body language.
Use our online workshops on interviews and how to prepare for themto help you learn more about how to get ready to meet employers.
You can also watch our short video on talking about yourself confidently
Tips on preparing for an interview
Take a look at these useful tips on preparing for an interview;
- People make a decision about a person, based on their appearance, in just three seconds. In an interview, it’s important to dress professionally. This will help employers see that you are serious about the position and professional in your approach. Plan your clothes. Try on what you want to wear and make sure you are comfortable and look professional. Make sure everything is ironed and looks good and hang it up ready to put on.
- Be polite to everyone you meet when you attend an interview. This is an opportunity to impress the employer. Often staff who are not formally involved in the interview, such as a receptionist, will be asked for their impressions of you.
- Plan and practice your journey. If you know where you are going and how long it will take you can give yourself plenty of time to get there. Arriving late does not give a good impression and means you will be flustered for the interview.
- Set your alarm. Make sure you will have enough time to get ready
- Research the company so that you have a good understanding of their business, its's values and mission. This will help you answer "why do you want to work for us"?
- Arrange a mock interview with one of our online advisors. This will give you the chance to get feedback on how you did and will help you spot any areas where you need to practice,
- Read your CV, remember this is what got you the interview. It will boost your confidence to see a record of what you have achieved.