Useful advice to help you prepare for a job interview, polish up on your technique and calm any interview nerves...

Interview Advice

If you’ve been invited to attend an interview for a job that you’ve applied for,  the chances are you’ll probably have anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour to meet the interviewer(s), find out a little more about the company and position you’ve applied for, firstly work out whether you’re the right match… and then secondly, if so, explain why you’re the ideal candidate for the role! 
It’s important to use your time before and during an interview wisely to maximise the opportunity and enhance the likelihood of the best possible outcome. 

What do I need to do before an interview?

Give yourself plenty of time to:

You should also:

How do I make a good impression at a job interview?

Stand out for all the right reasons by ensuring you:

What techniques can I use to control my nerves?

In interviews, nerves can make you forget to do simple things such as smile and listen, which can result in being thought of as unfriendly or inattentive. 
You're more likely to be nervous if you're inadequately prepared so as well as following our advice above, you should:


Where can I practise my interview skills?

Practise your answers (to anticipated questions) with someone you trust and seek feedback but don't be overly self-critical;
Plan your answers to common interview questions. 

What should I take to a job interview?

Often employers request examination certificates, which can take time to locate, so make sure you check what you need in plenty of time.

What is a competency-based interview?

This type of interview is one where the interviewer seeks evidence that you have the skills and experience required to do the job. Interviews that take this form involve questions developed around the job and person specifications, so think carefully about examples from your own experience that match or complement these specifications.  
Remember that you can use examples from contexts other than work, for example, you may never have worked in a team in the same type of organisation but you have participated in teams elsewhere.
It's important to show an ability or interest in being able to learn new skills; if you are asked about something that is outside your experience, describe a situation where you learned something new and suggest you can do so again.

How do I prepare for a phone interview?

Phone interviews are most often used as a preliminary screen. When preparing for the interview it's important to consider:
Phone interviews are often recorded so you may want to find out whether yours will be. It's important to pay particular attention to getting your key messages across quickly - write key attributes down and have this available during the phone call. Be willing to repeat these with the use of examples.
More recently, there has been an increase in Skype or video interviews. This is particularly likely if applying for jobs overseas or where key staff are located overseas. Remember to dress as you would for a face-to-face interview and check what else will be in the shot with you before the interview begins.

How do I prepare for a second interview?

A second interview means you have made it through the initial screening and the interviewer is now looking for:
It's likely that questioning will focus on gathering a deeper understanding of you and your motivations and how these fit with the role, existing team of staff and organisational ethos.
Therefore, in order to prepare:

Further Information
A typical interview can involve more than a conversation with your future employer. Find out what tests and exercises to expect and how to prepare for them.