Tips for a successful interview
Job interviews can be nerve-racking however preparation is the key. Make sure you know:
- What it says on your CV.
- Dates of past jobs and valid reasons for leaving those jobs.
- Research the hiring organisation and use some of this in the interview. It shows you are interested and are well prepared.
- Understand the job description and make sure you can demonstrate why you are a good fit for the role.
The interview is your opportunity to sell yourself. Hopefully your interviewer will be well prepared with a list of questions. They will ask every candidate some of the same questions and this provides the primary selection criteria. It sounds obvious, but who gave the best answers? Make sure you give full rounded answers to questions but do not waffle. If you are unsure about your answer, you can always add “does that answer your question or would you like more information?” This potentially gives you a second bite at the same question. The interviewer may give you a steer on what else they want, enabling you to answer the question again, and therefore getting a better ‘score’ for that question.