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Thursday - Day 4 - Interview Techniques and Tips

Interview advice – Be prepared!
 
Being picked for an interview is the first step on the ladder to success; it means the employer has looked at your CV and decided you might have the right skills or personal qualities required for the job. 
 
You should make sure you are well prepared as this will show in the interview and help you to feel more confident.  
 
To help you to prepare and put you in the best position possible for your interview, here are some tips to follow:

Research the company
Your interviewer will expect you to have done some homework into their organisation e.g. what they do, how many employees it has, its major clients or competitors and even the organisational structure. 
Chances are the person that will be interviewing you will be a manager/decision maker with a lot of passion for the company and what they do, so if you can show that you have a genuine interest in the company, it may put you one step ahead.
 
Research the position
Make sure that you have you looked into the duties that are involved in the role that you have applied for. Do you think that they are suited to your skills and interests?
 
Make sure you think about the qualities or work experience the employer is looking for and prepare some answers to show times where you have demonstrated these skills e.g. If the role requires you to work to a deadline, give examples of times when you have had to this, either at school, a previous job or maybe even in your personal life.
 
 
Think about the questions you might be asked and practice some answers, you could even ask a friend or family member to hold a practice interview with you.
 
 
 Some questions you may be asked include:
 
Tell me about yourself
Why are you interested in this job?
Why would you be ideal for this role?
When have you demonstrated initiative?
Can you tell me an occasion where you worked in a team?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 
 
Plan Ahead…
Find out the time, date and location of the interview well in advance of your interview and keep a note of it somewhere easily accessible, either on your calendar or maybe in your phone.
 
Have a think about how you are going to travel to the interview and how long it will take. Maybe do a test run to see which route would be the best to take at the time of your interview, to ensure that you are not late. 
 
Try to arrive 10 minutes early, this shows that you are punctual and gives you some time to get yourself prepared once you are there.
 
Make sure that you indicate any additional support that you might require in the interview - for example a communicator if you have trouble hearing. 
 
Look the part
At any interview you must make sure you look smart and professional.
 
Ensure that your hair, nails and clothing are all neat and tidy, if in doubt over what to wear it is always best to be too smart than too casual.
 
Dress appropriately – avoid low cut tops, short skirts or any clothing with offensive branding.
 
Ask questions
Your interview is a two way process and asking questions will show the employer that you are interested in the position and also help you make sure it’s the right job for you. 
 
Make a note of any questions that come to mind whilst you are researching the company. This will help you to remember them.
 
 
Some questions you can ask include:
 
Can you tell me some more about the company?
What are the career prospects?
Is this a new or existing role?
Do you have any concerns that I need to clear up?
 
 
Have your documents ready
 
Try and make sure you are ready for any question the interviewer might ask. 
 
Take along copies of your Qualifications, CV, references (from school or a previous employer) and any other information you have been asked to bring along. 
 
Having everything ready in a folder will suggest to the potential employer that you are an organised and efficient person. 
 
 
You are almost ready to go!

Use the checklist below to make sure that you are prepared.
 
-Have you researched the company and found out about what they do, how big it is, its main customers and how the company is structured?
 
-Have you researched the position you are being interviewed for?
 
-Do you know what skills or qualities they are looking for?
 
-Have you got some examples of how you fit the job description?
 
-Have you done a practice interview with a family member or friend?
 
-Have you thought about the questions you might be asked?
 
-Have you planned how you are going to get there?
 
-If you need any extra support in the interview, have you organised this?
 
-Are you 100% sure of the date, time and location of the interview?
 
-Do you look smart and professional?
 
-Are your hair, nails and clothes clean, neat and tidy?
 
-Have you prepared some questions to ask the interviewer?
 
-Do you have copies of all your documents (CV, references etc)?