Preparing for interviews
Preparation is key to job interview success. It’s worth doing your homework before an interview so you’re ready for all situations. Feeling on the spot and flustered is the last thing anybody wants in front of their prospective new employer.
Before the interview
- To ensure you are prepared, follow these simple tips:
- Research the organisation - look at the website, social media pages, recent news stories and reviews
- Prepare answers to standard questions (see our competency-based interview guide for more help)
- Have some questions ready to ask the interviewer – the interview is also about finding out if the job is right for you
- Check who will be interviewing you
- Understand the interview format – will there be any tests?
- Dress appropriately
- Make sure you know how to get to the interview and plan your route in advance
At the interview
- On the day, make sure you:
- Turn up on time
- Be polite and friendly
- Make the most of your research
- If it’s a panel interview, make sure you direct answers to everyone not just one person
- Find out as much as possible about the job
- Don’t criticise previous or current employers
Also, remember the interviewer is not only listening to the words you are saying, but watching your body language too. Maintain eye contact and
even if you are nervous, try to appear at ease as much as possible.
After the interview
At TPN, recruiters will discuss feedback from the employer with you and ask you how it went. This is also a chance for you to bring up any questions you forgot to ask or to raise any concerns you may have.
Even if the interview didn’t go to plan, it’s always good to get feedback to find out what you can do better next time. Learning from your mistakes is the best way to improve for next time.