An interview is your chance to show your new potential employer how good you are and to secure the position you have applied for. In order to help you perform at your best, Capita has prepared this pack of simple hints and tips.
Getting in the right frame of mind
Being selected for interview means you are nearly there, so go into the interview with a positive frame of mind. The employer has obviously read your CV and feels you are a strong contender for the position, so you should be feeling confident.
Think about the reasons you applied and what you have to offer the organisation and be ready to discuss any aspects of your CV to date. It is good idea to re-read your CV before the interview and think about questions which you may be asked.
It will also help you to get into a professional, positive frame of mind if you make sure you are dressed to impress and take the necessary paperwork with you. You should be smart and well groomed and have the job description, any information on the organisation and a pad and paper with you to make notes if necessary.
Gaps in your CV
You will also need to explain gaps in your CV. If you worked in a temporary capacity but didn't put it on your CV, know the details of which companies you worked with, what you did for them and the length of the assignments. If you did not work but did search for a job give some examples of the research you did regarding job opportunities and the process you went through to find the position.
Reasons for leaving
Prepare to discuss the reasons you left your previous jobs. If it was for a better opportunity, explain how it was an opportunity. If you left involuntarily, present the reason in the most positive light you can. Make sure your responses are honest and be positive.
Research the job and organisation
Before attending any interview it is important to do your research and familiarise yourself with the organisation and the job role. Visit the organisation's website, read the job description and ensure you have information to hand on:
- Size of organisation, number of employees in department etc.
- History, how long have they been operating - do they have any affiliated organisations or belong to an umbrella group?
- General information about their services/products/aims etc.
- Major competitors or other organisations operating in the same field.
- Job description - understand the skills required for the position.
- Relationship between the open position and other members of staff - have a sense for the department.
- Have some well thought-out questions that would help further your understanding of the organisation e.g. how will the organisation be affected by the new legislation on xyz...