- Research the role and organisation.
- Think about how well your experience, skills and interest fit the organisation and job on offer.
- Try and find out what the employer is actually looking for first.
- Think about what questions you may be asked, then prepare answers for these giving evidence and factual information.
- Try and find out what form the interview will be i.e. single, group, and panel and prepare for the worst case scenario.
- Plan your journey prior to the interview day, perhaps do the journey beforehand so you know where you are going and will not be late on the day!
- Always be early, around 10 minutes is a good time to arrive prior to an interview.
- Decide what you will wear and set it out the night before. Suits and business attire are usually the best option to create that “first impression”
- Get an early night! We all perform better when we are fully awake and alert.
How to make a good impression
- Arrive ten minutes early
- Be organised and have your CV, brag folder or examples of work with you.
- Listen carefully to the question you are asked and do not skirt around the answers, answer clearly and concisely.
- Making direct eye contact and leaning slightly forward are two of the best cues.
Your physical gestures should be open and expressive. You want to try to involve the interviewer in what you are saying. Keep palms up and open to suggest honesty, and avoid pointing or banging fists on the table to emphasise a point.
Following the suggestions below will give the best chance of your CV standing out to employers.
- Keep your CV to a maximum of 3 pages.
- If applying for a particular job, pick out the key words from the advert and ensure they are included in your CV or covering letter.
- Ensure your CV is well laid out, clear and easy to read – avoid colours and fancy fonts.
- The first page should include your name, address and contact details followed by a brief summary of education/qualifications (if you have recently left full-time education) plus an overview covering strengths, experience and position sought.
- Second/third pages – start with your current/latest job, include company name, position and dates worked.
- Bullet points help to keep the layout short and specific.
- Always include two references including contact details or write that references are available on request.