Preparing for interview
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW:
Identify the skills, interests and experiences that the organisation is looking for by looking at its website and social media channels.
Plan your journey in advance, aiming to arrive ten minutes before your interview is scheduled.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Make sure you wear smart dress—avoid jeans or trainers!
Ensure that any briefcase or handbag you take is smart.
Wash and iron your outfit.
HOW TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION:
Be well-mannered with any staff you meet before or after the interview.
Give a firm handshake to the interviewers before and after the session. Once you’re seated, sit naturally without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Throughout the interview, remember to smile frequently and retain eye contact.
Answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant skills, experiences and achievements. It’s perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if, at first, you’re unsure what the question means. When answering, don’t speak too quickly.