Interview Preparation

Interviews are a very important process when finding work. This is where you can show employers who you are, and if you will be a great fit for their business. But to be successful you must be prepared. If you go into an interview blindly, the chances of success are slim to none. So understanding what is needed to be done beforehand is essential. 

Always Plan Ahead

Before the interview always 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 in plenty of time, accounting for any late transport or traffic (eg. buses or trains). When setting off, arrive to you interview destination at least 10-15 minutes before the set time. 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 you can use this as a guide for questions asked by the employer. This also shows the employer that you are prepared and ready to answer. If your interview is for an office based role, make sure you attire is formal (e.g. suit and tie). If you arrive in jeans and a t-shirt, it looks unkempt and as if you are not bothered.

Every employer will ask what you know about their business, so always do your research. 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, always attend.  If for some reason you cannot attend make sure you contact the employer or agency in good time.

There will be times where you are unsure about the role, or decide that it isn’t what you are looking for. Yet we still advise that you go. Attending the interview can give you a firm confirmation on whether it is the right route for you. If the employer offers you a position afterwards, don’t be afraid to turn it down.