Top tips for interviews
Been invited for a job interview? If your first thought is to panic, don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place as we’ve put together our top tips on how to ace your interview.
Step 1. Research:
- Ask for names and roles of everyone who will be interviewing you and do some background research. Look them up on social media, or check to see if their biographies are on the company’s website. If you personally know someone who works at the company, talk to them and try and get as much inside scoop as you can.
- Research the company! Find out about the history of the company and its size. It’s always good to memorise a company’s mission, vision and values and prepare a few answers as to how they link into your own work ethics.
Step 2. Prepare some examples:
- Prepare for common interview questions. A good way to do this is to take the job description and come up with possible questions you may get asked. It is always best practice to include examples within your answers. A popular technique to structure your answer when responding to ‘Can you give an example of…’ is the STAR method:
- Situation: Give some context to the example you’re about to tell such as what/why you had to do something
- Task: Describe what you were doing and the challenges you faced
- Action: Explain what you did and how you tackled the challenges
- Results: Finally, reveal the outcome and what skills you learned from it.
- You could also prepare a portfolio of your work and use this to talk through your examples. This is also good if you need a quick break as it gives the interviewer a distraction so you can re-compose yourself if needed.
Step 3. On the day:
- Relax and be yourself. Try not to panic if you get thrown a curveball question and don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question. Remember, at the end of the day, it is just a conversation. The worst thing that can happen is you don’t get offered the job, which isn’t the end of the world. It just means that there’s a better job out there that’s more suited to you.
- Always have a couple of questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. It’s best practice and shows willingness. You may have specific questions relating to the role, but if you’re stuck then questions such as ‘why do you enjoy working here?’ and ‘what does a typical day look like?’ are good back-ups.
All of our students have access to careers guidance through Customer Service staff, Course Tutors and the National Careers Service, so if you are needing additional support with an upcoming interview, visit our Careers Advice page for more information.