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Interview skills

Going into the job market can be daunting. After the first steps of applying for a job with your CV, you may then be invited to attend an interview.

Interviews can be confronting. There are steps you can take to make sure you are as prepared as possible. Below we've provided some information to get you started in this process.

Prior to your interview

Prior to your interview

It's important that you arrive at your interview well prepared. This includes:

  • A good level of knowledge of the company. You would be surprised at the level of information you know by spending time on their website.

  • Researching information on similar roles. You might like to speak to friends or family that have done similar roles or alternatively the internet has a lot of information available.

  • Being well presented. You can never be too overdressed for an interview. Suits and ties are commonplace.

  • Thinking about what information you might want to know. This is your main opportunity to ask questions about the job, the company and the team that you'd be working with. Have a think about any questions that you may have for the interviewer.

The questions

The questions that you will be asked will vary depending on the job role. It's important to have a think about what sort of questions they may ask and to come prepared with practical examples. An example of some standard interview questions include:

  • Tell me a little bit about your background?

  • What attracted you to this position?

  • What do you like about your current position/past jobs?

  • Can you tell me about a time where you have had to demonstrate X skill?