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Coming for an interview

Also in Coming for an interview:

  1. Be on time and refreshed! Get a good nights sleep.  If you are unsure of where to go make a point of visiting/finding the venue prior to interview.  Aim to be 5 minutes early.
  2. Be prepared.  Learn about the organisation, the department and the job.  Consider asking about arranging a visit prior to the interview.
  3. Anticipate, write down and practise possible interview questions eg
    • What attracts you to the job?
    • What are your achievements to date?
    • Describe your strengths and weaknesses?
    • Explain your abilities in relation to communicate, team working etc?
    • What are your likes/dislikes?
    • What are your career aspirations?
  4. Make a good first impression.  Be neat and tidy.  Dress appropriately for the position.
    Get comfortable and relax.  Maintain eye contact with the panel.  Smile.
  5. Be confident - but not arrogant.  Be professional and enthusiastic - this can put you ahead of your competition.
  6. Listen carefully to questions.  If unclear, ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase the question.  Think for a moment before you start to answer.
  7. Try to answer as clearly and concisely as possible.  Be positive.  Give examples of things you've done that you are proud of; how you solved problems and learned and improved from difficult situations.  Never make negative comments about previous employers.
  8. Ask relevant questions when invited.  Following the interview, thank the panel and find out when you are likely to hear the outcome.
  9. If you are unsuccessful ask for constructive feedback.  Learn from the experience and don't give up!