How to have a good interview
Good preparation helps you to give a good account of yourself at interview and optimises your chances of convincing the employer that you are the best person available to join their team.
- Your strengths and achievements.
- Your career aspirations.
- Your career to date.
- What you have to offer this particular job and employer.
- How to reassure about shortcomings that exist.
- People you will be meeting and their priorities.
- How the interview will be conducted.
- Work environment and what does it take to fit in and succeed?
- Job responsibilities and transferability of your skills.
- How can the job be developed?
- Draw up a list of questions you may be asked.
- Decide on message(s) you want to deliver within your answers.
- Think through each anticipated question and ponder good answers.
- Build practical examples into answers being developed.
- Keep returning to how you can do the job well.
- Mock interviewing is the most effective way of rounding off preparation but in advance, not at the last minute.
- Practice at home with family or a friend.
- Keep everything formal and don’t break out of role-playing.
- Video or audio-record if possible.
For more helpful information to support your job search, see our Job Seeking Tips.