Job interview tips
- Dress appropriately for the interview. How formal it is will depend on the type of job, however, it is preferable to be a little over-formal than too casual.
- Arrive at least 15 minutes before your allotted interview time, so allow plenty of time for travel and to find the venue.
- Try to stay calm and relaxed at all times.
- Bring your application and relevant documents with you, so you can refer to them if needed. Stay focused on the job requirements by referring to the position description.
- Introduce yourself to the interview panel members with a firm handshake and look them in the eye.
- Show interest and enthusiasm when responding to questions, and answer in a clear and concise way. Think about your answer first - there is no need to rush.
- Allow the interviewer to finish talking before you answer the question. If you do not understand a question, ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase it.
- Be prepared to talk about your understanding of what the organization does, why you applied for the job, and how your skills and achievements meet the criteria. These are often covered in interview questions.
- Don't forget to mention any skills you have gained in another field of work, through projects at school, or as a volunteer. These often provide important information about your transferable skills.
- The panel will give you an opportunity to ask any final questions. Use this opportunity to show an interest in the organisation. You could also ask when you are likely to hear about the interview outcome.
- Thanking the panel for inviting you, before you leave, provides a good last-impression.
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