Interviews

An interview is an opportunity for the employer to see if you’re the right person for the job, and also for you to see if you would like to work for that organisation. This is your chance to make a good impression and show the employer exactly what you have to offer.

There is a range of interview types, so it’s important to be prepared.

  • Competency-based

This is where the employer will focus on the skills and personal qualities you will need for the role, and you will have to relate your own experience and skills to the job.

  • Technical

This type of interview is usually for technical jobs in areas such as IT or engineering. You will be required to demonstrate your technical knowledge of a certain skill or process.

  • Panel Interview

This is where one person will lead your interview and other panel members will take it in turns to ask you a variety of questions.

  • Telephone or online

The chances are that this will be a first stage interview, or it could be the only stage so be prepared in the same way as a face-to-face interview.

  • Group Discussion

This is where you there will be a group of other candidates and you will need to demonstrate the ability to work in team, put your ideas forward and be respectful of others.

Here are our top tips for your interview:

  • Be on time – atleast 10 minutes early.
  • Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and maintain eye contact.
  • Research the employer – this will give you the best chance of demonstrating you care about the opportunity of working for that organisation.
  • Prepare and practice typical interview questions.
  • Don’t talk negatively of your current/previous employer.
  • An interview is your opportunity to sell yourself. Relax and show off your personality.
  • Have a list of questions prepared that you would like to ask the employer.
  • Before answering a question in the interview, take a moment to think about how you’re going to respond.
  • Thank the interviewer for their time at the end of the interview, and show you are appreciative of the opportunity to work at the organisation.
  • If you’re offered the job, again thank them and agree things like start date and first day essentials. If you aren’t offered the job, ask them for feedback on your performance, it might help you in your next interview.

Dress

It is vital that you present yourself in the right way at your interview. So, take some time a day before to plan what you’re going to wear.

You could even go an extra step and find out what the organisation’s dress code is, and wear something that will suit. Make sure you choose something you feel comfortable in.

CV

Your CV (Curriculum Vitae) is normally how you will make a first impression on the employer. It’s important that you present it well, have no mistakes and put across the right message for the role you’re applying for.

Here are our top tips for your CV:

  • Keep it relevant and the right length. Normally a CV should be no longer than 2 pages. However, if you have a lot of relevant experience at a high level then going over 2 pages is fine. Keeping your CV relevant to the job you’re applying for is important.
  • Check it, and check it again. It’s important to ensure that you don’t have any spelling or grammatical mistakes.
  • Stand out! Your CV should include examples of success, achievements and problem resolution in your work life.
  • Include a personal statement, this will give you best chance of explaining why you’re the best person for the job.
  • Always tell the truth. Lying on your CV will more than likely land you in trouble when an employer checks your background and references.

Social Media

The use of social media is growing rapidly and employers are now using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get a glimpse into who you are outside of your CV, cover letter and interview.

It’s important to understand that a lot of what you post on social media can be viewed publicly, meaning your potential employer could see something you’ve posted and deem it inappropriate, which in turn could stop you from getting the job you really wanted.

Content such as provocative or inappropriate photos, evidence of drug use, discriminatory comments related to race, gender and religion are all examples of posts on your social media profile that could stop you from getting that job offer.