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Interview Tips and Techniques


Maximise you interview

Here are a few tips and techniques to help you with your interview and help you stand out.

Preparation for an interview is key and will often be the difference between your success and failure. Good preparation not only gives you an insight into the organisation, it can also give you some all important confidence.

Company research
Interviewers will expect you to have an understanding of what their organisation does, who their customers are, how big it is and if possible who its competitors are. Doing research on the company will enable you to hold conversation and show you really want the job.

Role research
Make sure you understand the job description. Ask yourself what the key skills for the job are and think of examples which enable you to demonstrate those skills. Consider your skills, qualifications and experience and be prepared to expand on the information you have provided in your application form or CV. These can be experiences in life and not just work experience.

On the day of the interview
Take special care to dress appropriately, smart business wear is most fitting. Plan your journey the day before and ensure you have plenty of time. Make certain you are organised by ensuring you have all the information you require, address and name of person you are meeting (this will be sent to you in email)

The interview
Prepare what you will say about your current situation and why it is that you want to work for the company and complete this apprenticeship, Think of your skills and attributes and sell them to the company giving examples of how they will fit into this particular role.

There will be appropriate times in the interview to ask questions about the company and department, desired qualities and challenges and shows your interest. This enables you to gain more information about the company, its culture and development ensuring it is the right role for you. It is not advisable to ask questions regarding salary/benefits at first interview stage. Instead, stick to questions regarding the company, your role and how you would fit into the environment.

Here are some questions you may like to consider:

• Will this position involve monthly review?
• Are there performance targets to achieve?
• What are my prospects after the apprenticeship has finished?
• What are the company future plans?
• Have you used the apprenticeship scheme before, if so what are those apprentices doing now?

First impressions

Make it a good one, this is important as hard to change. Here's some do's and don'ts.

• Walk in confidently - it's important you look as professional as possible from the outset
• Sit up straight - avoid being too stiff. It's OK to lean forward slightly every so often, as it shows the interviewer you're listening
• Keep eye contact - maintaining eye contact shows you're not intimidated and that you're taking everything in
• Smile - don't underestimate a smile, it will give you confidence and expresses enthusiasm

• Be overconfident
• Slouch
• Stare
• Play with your pen/hair
• Fidget

• Do your homework - research the company and prepare questions
• Travel - arrange your journey in good time
• Timing - arrive early
• Dress – Smart and formal
• Smile - expresses sincerity
• Be polite - to all the staff you meet
• Sell yourself - the product you are selling is you
• Thank you - at the conclusion thank the interviewer