How to prepare for interview

 

So you got that interview! Congratulations!

Now you are wondering what next and how to prepare. There is no need to worry we have put together this guide for you.

Before the interview make sure you know where it is, how long it will take, if you will have to participate in any tests and if you are required to take anything additional along such as proof of identification. Usually the interview letter will list out all the requirements of interview. If it doesn’t then don’t be afraid to call the department to find out what you will need.

In the week leading up to the interview make sure you have the correct date and time of the interview, plan your travel arrangements in advance such as public transport or car parking. Do a quick check to see if there are going to be any disruptions to your journey.

Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than your interview time. this will give you chance to take a moment to collect your thoughts and breathe before your interview. In turn being prompt will reflect well on your application.

On the day of your interview make sure that you have a list set up of what you will need. Take you invitation to interview letter as well as a copy of any documentation that has been requested. Try and make notes of any questions that you would like to ask during the interview. It is better to be totally and a little over prepared that left feeling nervous on the day because you are not.

Use the job specification as a means to research and go over possible questions. Rehearsing answers may help nerves but will make you feel confident and help you to be concise.

Research the company to ensure you are aware of what they do and how they do it. Look at their website as well as any documents they may have produced online. Look for relevant news items or reports that give you an overview of where the company are now.

Choosing your interview outfit can be really difficult for some people. Our advice is to keep it simple and smart. Try your outfit on a few days before, iron and hang. Now is also the time to get a hair cut if needed.

The night before the interview remember to check of the list of items and information you need to take.

Finally get a good night’s sleep and good luck!

 

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