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Look the Part & Preparing Yourself


This is the bit most people forget to give enough time to, so don’t get caught out. Just like when you’re going into an exam, feel confident that you can field any question they throw at you, and try to feel as good about yourself as you can. It shines through.

Here are a few top tips:

  • Have a mock interview with a friend based on the common interview questions you’re likely to face.
  • Be sure you know the time, date and location of the interview and the name of interviewers.
  • Decide how you will get there and when you need to set off to arrive in good time, anticipating any delays. Do a dummy run if necessary.
  • If you look good, you tend to feel good too. Avoid any last minute panic by preparing what you’re going to wear the night before.
  • Don’t go into the interview with lots of baggage - psychological or physical. Take the bare minimum with you so you can concentrate on the interview, and nothing else.
  • If you are asked to bring certificates, references, etc, get them ready well in advance to avoid having to chase around on the morning of the big day.
  • It may sound patronising, but make sure you use the toilet before you go in – you don’t want to be bursting to go when you’re mid-interview.

Be methodical
Sit down with your CV and make notes, just as if you were preparing for an exam. Study your work record and what you have achieved. How do you see yourself? What have you done? What ambitions do you have? Make notes and prepare and rehearse sound bites about yourself. Do this out loud, even if it makes you feel weird.

Try to relate specific areas of your CV back to the job description. It will make it clear to the interviewer why they should hire you.

Remember, one of the most common interview questions is “Tell me about yourself.” Prepare a balanced and succinct answer to this question, not a life history. Keep it businesslike and don’t stray into personal feelings or family relationships. Avoid anything to do with politics or religion like the plague. Interviewers use this question to learn about your personal qualities, not your achievements - they should already have those from your CV.

 

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