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You've got an interview....but now what?

Well done if you've got this far, but the 'jobs' not done yet. Our 5 tips on preparing for interviews might just help you nail the position.

1. Research the company

Before you go on a job interview, it’s important to find out as much as you can about not only the job, but also the company. Company research is a critical part of interview preparation. It will help you prepare to both answer interview questions about and to ask the interviewer questions about the company. Look at their website and also do some reading around any competitors, their company ethos and any future plans so that you are informed.

Navigate your journey

2. Plan your journey

Never arrive late! Before your interview, plan your route. Do a trial run at the same time of day as your interview to see how long it actually takes - rush hour traffic can make a journey much longer than it looks on paper. Add half an hour onto your journey, leaving you some contingency time. If you’re early, you can always freshen up in the washrooms or grab a coffee.

3. Get the right look

Dressing for the occasion is really important for you to get your interview right. Check out our 'Dress for success' article to make sure your looking your best.

Phone interview

4. Know what to expect

There are several different types of interview:

Telephone/Video:

Some employers may use an initial telephone or video interview to eliminate unsuitable candidates. These could last up to 30 minutes.

Face-to-face:

This is the most common type of interview and can take place with either one interviewer or a panel. These interviews usually last around 30 minutes, but could last up to an hour for higher skilled jobs. Sometimes before these interview you might be asked to prepare something in advance. Sometimes employers ask candidates to prepare a presentation or to bring an example of their work.

Assessment centres:

These can be used by larger employers to compare the performance of several candidates in a range of situations. They typically involve tasks such as presentations, group work, written tests and in-tray exercises. They can last up to one full working day.

5. Prepare your answers

In your interview, you will be asked a lot of questions, we have given you some ideas on another page on this site, but you can use the STAR method to help you explain certain situations too:

S....SITUATION

Define the situation in which you faced a challenge in the workplace.

T....TASK

Briefly explain a task you designed or undertook to address that challenge. AIn your interview, you will be asked a lot of questions, we have given you some ideas on page 22, but you can use the STAR method to help you explain certain situations too:

A....ACTION

Discuss how that task was effective and how you implemented it in the given situation.

R....RESULT

Explain what hap - pened as a result and what you learned from it that could apply to future challenges.

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