Before the day
- find out where the interview is being held and how you will get there – a practice run is useful. Take a map if you don’t know the area 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.
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.