How to prepare for an interview
You found a job or course you’d love, you applied for it and… Yes! You have an interview.
First of all, well done: not everyone gets to this stage. Now, it’s time to prep. We’ve asked our experts to share their interview success secrets.
- Practice makes perfect. Practise with your family, friends, even in front of a mirror
- Research the company or university you’re applying for: questions about the organisation you want to join are likely to be part of the interview. You may have declared your passion for a certain subject or industry, so be prepared to demonstrate it
- Have a good think about your own skills and experience, and how you will relate them to the job itself
- It’s not all about academic qualifications. Employers are often looking for someone with the right attitude and a willingness to learn
- Skills can be learnt, but real commitment is not so easy to come across, so show your enthusiasm
- Employers are also interested in you as a person, so mention anything you do to show your all-around personal development, whether it’s hobbies, volunteering or sports
- Preparation is key. Make sure you know where the interview is and how to get there. Find out who’s going to interview you and if there are any pre-interview tasks
- Know your personal statement or application letter inside-out. Interviewers might ask you to back up any claims from your statement, so make sure you remember what you wrote
- Be smart and look the part, but wear something that also makes you feel comfortable
- Rehearse your route and make sure you get a good night’s sleep. You might be nervous but don’t skip your meals, and stay hydrated.