Skills and Interview Prep

Interviews are an opportunity for employers to get to know more about your personality, experience and to check you are a great fit for their company. It is important that you have interview skills to be able to sell yourself as a must-hire employee.

Planning and Preparation

Before the interview, plan your journey. If you are using public transport check your travel time and routes using transport sites (eg. tfgm, merseytravel etc.) or google maps.  Set off for your interview in plenty of time, accounting for any late transport or traffic (eg. buses or trains) and try to arrive ten or fifteen minutes early. Feel free to accept travel help from a parent, guardian or friend but always attend the interview independently.

Take a printed copy of your CV if possible, as this gives the employer the opportunity to refer to your experience and ask questions about your previous roles and responsibilities. If you are attending a creative or tech-based role always take examples of your work, on a memory stick as a portfolio as this evidences your skills and ability.

After researching the company prepare some questions to ask the employer at the end of the interview. For example, ask about their challenges as a business, what they expect from someone in the role on a day to day basis etc.

Attend the Interview

If you’re nervous before your interview, this is okay. Many who are attending interviews whether it is their first, fifth or fifteenth can get nerves. But don’t let this stop you from going. Every interview you attend will give you skills for the future, and help with building your confidence.

Unless something serious happens prior to your interview day, always attend. No matter if you have applied through a recruitment agency or directly to the company, skipping the interview can look bad. If for some reason you cannot attend make sure you contact the employer or agency in good time. Even if you have been offered another position that you decide to take, contact the employer as soon as possible.

There will be times where you are unsure about the role, or decide that it isn’t what you are looking for, we advise that you still go. Attending the interview can give you a firm confirmation on whether it is the right route for you, and if the employer offers you a position afterwards, you do not need to accept.