Preparation is the key to any successful interview. It gives you confidence and it is always obvious to interviewers which candidates have prepared and which have not.

The following steps are vital to giving you a successful interview:

Preparation – before the interview

  • Learn all about the prospective employer: research in local newspapers, look at the company website and other official publications
  • Take up opportunities for informal contact
  • Request information on interview format
  • Draft likely questions and consider responses (Click here to download the most common questions)
  • Check your route to the interview
  • Practice your interview skills

On the Day

  • Dress to Impress – Remember the interviewer(s) will remember you if you look and act the part
  • Read through your application and take it with you
  • Make a list of questions for you to ask about the position /organisation
  • Do not rush through your interview – take time with your answers to think about what you are saying
  • Allow plenty of time for travel

At the Interview

  • Be confident
  • Be honest
  • Ask for clarification when a question has been asked that you don’t understand
  • Avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers
  • Be aware of your body language
  • Be aware of your tone of voice
  • Talk about bad experiences in a positive manner

At the end of the interview

Do not be afraid to ask what the next stage of the interview process will be.

Useful feedback

If you are unsuccessful ask for feedback on your performance from the panel or personnel department. Useful feedback could help you in your next interview.

If you do your best at your interview, it will only be a matter of time before you find the job which is best suited to you.