Congratulations! You got an interview. Now it’s time to showcase yourself to secure that position. These days interviews can take many forms from a telephone or video call, to an assessment centre or face-to-face meeting.

In order to be well-prepped for an interview, you need to do the research. Preparation is key. Some interview may have asked you to do certain tasks, whereas others may just be more informal in structure. Whatever is being asked for you, going the extra mile will always be a seen as a good thing.

Calm the nerves

In an interview, nerves can be your downfall. The way to eliminate them is to make sure you’ve done your prep. If you know your stuff, it can help you to keep your cool when the questions start. Research all about the company to show your interest – it’ll definitely impress. 

Learn about the role – how do you fit it?

Take the time to understand the different aspects of the role and how your experience matches to them. Think of examples that you could recount to showcase how you can meet the needs of the role. If you’re new to the workplace, show how your qualifications can bring something to the role and focus on personal attributes that match the job description.

Prepare some examples of achievements

Get ready to big yourself up! Think about examples of how you’ve made a difference at your previous role, or in a project in school or education. What was your role? How did it impact the outcome? Write down anything that makes you feel proud. 


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Establish your SWOT

It’s likely in an interview you’ll be asked what your strengths and weaknesses are. Whilst it is great to say what you’re good at, it’s equally important to talk about your weaknesses. It’s great that you know where they might be, and show willingness and ideas on how to improve in those areas.

What to wear

If you’re dressed the part, you’re likely to feel more confident. It’s worth looking on the company’s website and looking at how they dress; and if you’re ready unsure – just ask. Dressing appropriately is a way to show the potential employers you’re serious about the role.

Be on time

Plan your route in advance. Even do a trial run to be sure you’ll get there in time. Turning up late to an interview is never a good look, but whatever the reason is why you’re running late; communication is key. Whoever your contact is, whether it is with the business, a recruitment agency or a job centre, contact them to let them know what’s going on. If it’s a genuine reason, there is no need to panic, they’ll be glad you told them and may be able to push it back. 

Be engaged – write down questions you’d like to ask

If you want to ask questions or take notes in, write them down and take them in with you. A interviewer will ask you if you have any questions, and it always goes down well when people do.

Don’t forget an interview is for you as much as them, make sure you’re sure it’s a role for you too.

And breathe…you’ll do great!


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