Preparing for interviews
Interviews work both ways. They provide an opportunity for:
- the organisation to find out about you and what you can do
- you to find out about the organisation, department and the job.
They can take different forms – including general, technical, one-to-one or panel – but the key to a successful interview is preparation.
If you've secured an interview, here's a quick guide to making the most of the opportunity.
- Know where you are going: plan your route and stay overnight if needed.
- Take a copy of your application with you and read through it before you go in.
- Dress smartly – suit for men, suit/smart for women.
- Research the organisation and the role.
- Have a range of examples ready for answering questions.
- Prepare some appropriate questions for you to ask the interviewer(s).
Before the interview, think about the questions that you're likely to be asked, and try practicing with a friend or colleague. If you're still at university, or recently graduated, your university career service may also be able to stage practice interviews for you.
Assessment centres comprise a range of activities that are designed to enable interviewers to get a well-rounded picture of you. They can be quite intense, as you will be under observation throughout the day, but you should be informed beforehand of what you will be expected to do so that you can prepare.
Our members can get mock interviews, potential questions and more in depth advice by contacting us.