Before the day

  • find out where the interview is being held and how you will get there – a practice run is useful and allow time for travelling
  • find out about the organisation – the internet can help
  • read the information you have about the job
  • read your application; check it against the job details and ensure you are ready to answer questions on the information you provided
  • get some interview practice
  • if you can plan what to wear and choose clothes that are smart, clean and tidy – it is better to be too smart than too casual.
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On the day

  • get ready in plenty of time
  • check you have everything you need – the letter inviting you for interview, a map and directions to the company, and any paperwork they may have requested. Don’t forget your phone
  • give yourself plenty of time to get there, if you get held up; make sure you phone to say you are going to be late
  • when you arrive, introduce yourself at reception and ask for the person you are going to see.


At the interview

  • greet your interviewer in a friendly but professional manner – smile, say good morning/afternoon and shake hands
  • be polite at all times
  • body language is important – sit up straight and make eye contact
  • give full answers to the questions – don’t just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’
  • tell the truth
  • ask relevant questions about the job and the training (avoid asking about pay as it could look like that is all you are interested in!)
  • thank the interviewer at the end of the interview.

Remember it is an interview so switch off your phone and don’t chew gum.