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Preparing for interviews

Preparing well for interviews will help you to be ready for the questions an employer may ask you. It also gives you the best chance of doing well in the interview.

You will need to give examples of the skills you mention in your CV or application form. To help you, look at the job description and make a list of the skills that are needed for the job. You can then prepare examples of when you have used these skills.

The next step is to find out as much as you can about the company. This can be done on the internet. By using this information in your interview, you will show the employer that you are serious about the job.

Some of the things you should find out are:

  • Number of employees
  • Locations
  • Products and services
  • Competitors
  • History
  • Company values
  • Mission statement.

Asking the interviewer questions will show that you are interested in the company and the role. Also prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.

Our online workshops on 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? 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.

To help you, watch our short video on preparing for interviews confidently:

Our online workshops on interviews will help you to prepare for them and 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

Here are some useful tips to help you prepare for an interview:

  • Appearance – people make a decision about a person, based on their appearance. In an interview, it’s important to dress professionally. This will help employers see you are serious about the position. Plan, iron and try on what you want to wear, to make sure you are comfortable
  • Manners – be polite, as this is your opportunity to impress the employer
  • Plan and practice your journey, giving yourself plenty of time to get there. Arriving late does not give a good impression
  • Set your alarm – make sure you have enough time to get ready
  • Research the company so that you have a good understanding of their business, its 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 any areas where you need to practice
  • Read your CV. Remember this is what got you the interview.

For more information, help and support, chat with us online today.