An interview is a discussion in person, by phone or online, between you and an employer.
The employer wants to see if you’re the right person for the job. You’ll get the chance to make a good impression and show the employer what you have to offer. You can also see if the job is one you want.
Types of interview
The most common types of interview are:
Before the interview
To help you prepare, you can:
Getting to the venue
Check in advance how to get to the interview venue, and how long it’ll take. On the interview, day make sure you leave plenty of time to get there and aim to arrive at least 15 minutes early to settle and cool off!
Get settled and ready to begin
Just before the interview starts:
During the interview
When answering the questions:
If you’re asked about being made redundant from your previous job, try to stress it was a business decision and describe how you’ve responded positively since.
If you were fired for misconduct or poor performance, try to explain why your standards dropped on that occasion but that you have learnt from it and have since improved.
If you’ve been out of work for a long time and get asked about it, describe any positive steps you’ve taken such as voluntary work, courses, networking, industry events, keeping fit, community roles, keeping yourself up to date with your field.
If you left your last job by choice and are asked about it, you could make it clear you were grateful for the opportunity and learnt a lot, but you wanted a fresh challenge.
After the interview
When the employer contacts you after the interview: