Interview advice

7 Top Interview Tips

You’ve got an interview. That’s great! Now it’s time to prepare. Interviews can be stressful, especially when you’re not sure where to start.  

We’ve compiled 7 top tips for your interview. Follow these tips to prepare yourself for your interview and build your interview confidence.

1. Do your research  

When you show an employer that you know about their organisation, they'll feel like you understand their business and care about the role. Our how to research an employer tutorial will help you find out what they're looking for.  

2. Dress for the job 

It's important to feel comfortable and look smart. Our how to dress for an interview page can help you decide what to wear. 

3. Time keeping

Do not be late. Make sure you're there (or ready) at least 5 minutes before your interview time. The day before the interview, figure out how long it'll take you to get there - or what technology you might need if it's online or over the phone

4.  Listen, ask and respond 

Listen to your interviewers questions, take a second to prepare a response, then answer. It's okay if you need to ask the interviewer to repeat a question. Do not feel like you need to be constantly talking. Remember to ask them questions too - you can even write some down before the interview to give you talking points. When you’re giving examples of tasks you’ve completed, go into detail. What did you do? What problems did you face? What did you achieve and how? 

5. Your skills, strengths and experience 

You have so many skills and strengths - but it's easy to go blank under pressure. Remind yourself of them before the interview. Take a look over the CV you sent for this role before the interview, remind yourself just how great you are and what you can talk about on that day.  

6. Stay honest and do not overthink it 

It's too easy to get caught out on a lie in an interview. Stick to the truth and stay positive. After your interview, you might often find yourself saying 'I wish I hadn't said that'. You've probably done better than you think - so do not worry.  

7. If you do not get the job 

Not getting the job does not mean you're not good enough. It just means someone else was more suited to the role. 

Think about how many people applied - the fact that you got an interview is something to be proud of alone.  

Remember, you will not get every job you apply for. Something better will always be right around the corner - but to prepare for the next interview, ask for feedback from the last one. You can ask things such as "how could I have improved my interview?" and take notes. Read them over later to decide what you want to take on board for the next one. 

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