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Interview tips

If you are invited to an interview you should spend some time researching the company.

The internet is a great source of information.- Get on to their website!

Alternatively, do you know someone who works there, or is there a reception you can call in at to have a look around?

This will give you confidence should you be asked any question on what the company does. It will also allow you to ask the employer questions.

Plan your journey

Consider travelling to the company the day before the interview to check how long the journey will take. If necessary, ask the employer for directions, bus routes or details of where you can park your car.

You should plan another way of getting there in case something unexpected happens (such as your car breaking down, or your train being cancelled). If you have a disability, let the employer know so they can make any special arrangements.

Create the right image

Deciding what to wear for the interview will depend on what sort of work you will be doing. Decide what to wear and get your clothes ready the day before. You don’t have to buy a new outfit. Aim for a neat, clean and tidy appearance, if you look good it will help you feel good.

Prepare the information you’ll need at the interview

Remember to take a copy of your CV or application form to refer to. Prepare notes or cue cards to help if think you might need a prompt during the interview. Re-read the job advert to refresh your memory and to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

On the day

Give yourself plenty of time to get ready and make sure you’ve got all the relevant paperwork with you. If you are delayed, contact the employer as soon as possible to explain, apologise and arrange another appointment.

At the interview

Accept that it is natural to be nervous and that you may have a fast heartbeat, clammy hands and ‘butterflies’ in your stomach. These are your body’s natural way of meeting a challenge, and in small doses it can help you.

You will make an impression in the first few minutes. It takes this time for people to assess you and store this information. Once you have made a first impression, it’s hardly ever changed. It’s important to make a good first impression.

If you're nervous your voice may sound shaky and squeaky. Practise deep, slow breathing before you get to the interview. This will slowdown your heart rate and help you avoid taking quick shallow breaths.

Common interview questions

It’s impossible to put together a definitive list of interview questions, however, here’s a list of some of the common ones:

1. Why would you like to work here?

2. What did you do in your last job?

3. How long have you been out of work and how do you spend your spare time?

4. Why did you leave your last job?

5. What makes you think you are the right person for this job?

6. Can you give us an example of when you have had to deal with a difficult situation?

7. Can you give us an example of when you have worked well under pressure?

8. Can you give us an example of when you have worked as part of a team?

9. Can you give us an example of when you have provided good customer service?

10. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Source: DWP