Interview Preparation by PLP
In the days before your job interview, set aside time to do the following:
After prepping for your interview, here are some tips to help you make a great impression before and during your interview:
1. Plan your interview attire the night before
If you speak to a recruiter before the interview, ask them about the dress code and choose your outfit accordingly. If you don’t have someone to ask, research the company to learn what’s appropriate-if in doubt, never go under dressed!
2. Bring a copy of your CV, the job specification, a notebook and a pen
Highlight specific accomplishments on your CV to ensure that you can refer to them easily and discuss. Bring a pen and a small notebook for note-taking and your questions.
3. Plan your interview attire the night before
Research and map out your interview location to ensure you arrive on time. Consider doing a practice run before the day of your interview. If you’re relying on public transport, ensure you have a backup plan if there are delays or closures.
4. Make a great first impression
First impressions count, don’t forget the little things—clean/shine your shoes, make sure your hair and nails are clean and tidy, and check your clothes for holes, stains, pet hair etc. Look your interviewer in the eye and offer a firm handshake.
5. Treat everyone you encounter with respect
From the receptionist to the cleaner, treat everyone you meet as though they’re the hiring manager. Even if they aren’t, your potential employer might ask for their feedback.
6. Keep your answers concise and focused
Your time with the interviewer/s is limited so ensure that you don’t give rambling answers. Keep you answers to the point.
7. Tie answers to your skills and accomplishments
With any question you answer, try to tie it in with your experience and provide examples- remember the STAR method. Try to focus your answer to relate to specific skills or experience required in the job specification.
8. Don't speak negatively about previous employers
Try to focus on what you’ve gained from the experience and what you where you want to go next.
9. Be confident
Interviews can feel a little overwhelming, and that’s ok- by using our tips and being well prepared should help you feel less nervous.
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