Guide to interviews

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What are the different types of interviews?

  • Telephone interviews – an employer will call you and interview you on the phone.
  • One to one interview – you will be invited to attend at the location of the job to be interviewed in person by one individual.
  • Panel interview – you will attend an interview in person, but instead of one person conducting the interview, there will be more than one person asking you questions.
  • Group interview – you will go to be interviewed in person. Other people who have applied for the job will be interviewed with you at the same time.

How to prepare for an interview

  • Make sure you have written down the date and time of your interview and set a reminder so you don’t forget.
  • If you are unable to go to the interview, make sure you email or phone the employer to reschedule.
  • Plan how you are going to travel to the interview location.
  • If you feel nervous, get a friend, family member or support worker to travel with you to the interview.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview.
  • Tell the employer beforehand if you need any adjustments. For example, if you need more time to answer questions or would need someone to attend with you.
  • Think about questions you would like to ask the employer and write them down. For example, you can ask about the job, the team or the company.

What to take with you to the interview

  • A form of ID, for example your passport.
  • Any paperwork that the employer has asked you to bring. For example, employers may ask you to bring two letters that have your name and address on them.
  • Taking your CV or application form may help prompt you on what you have told them about yourself.

What should I do during my interview?

  • Remember it’s normal to be nervous - try to keep calm and positive.
  • When you are called into the interview, introduce yourself and say ‘hello’.
  • Be friendly, but make sure to remain professional.
  • Tell the interviewer how much you want the job and why.
  • Don’t rush and give yourself time to answer the questions.

How to dress for an interview?

  • You should wear clean, smart clothes.
  • Making an effort in your appearance will show the employer that you want the job.
  • First impressions are important, so try to make sure you look prepared.

What questions will I be asked?

  • This will depend on the job you have applied for. Try looking back at the job description and think of how you can show them you can do each part of the job.
  • You will typically be asked about your experiences, skills and why you applied for this job.
  • At the end of the interview, the employer will usually tell you when you will find out if you have got the job. This may be done over the phone, email or by letter.

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