Top Tips: Preparing for your interview

This page will provide you with information, advice and support with hints and tips on how to deliver a good interview.

An interview gives you the opportunity to make a good impression, promote your skills, knowledge and experience as well as why you’re the perfect candidate for the job.

It is absolutely normal to feel nervous when you have been shortlisted for an interview, it’s because you want to do your best.

Your chances of doing well at the interview are highly likely if you prepare and practise. This section will give you information, advice and support on what you can do to improve your performance.

What to do?

  • Read your CV, application form and the job description to think about the questions you may be asked at your interview. The job description may also have a guideline about the interview you will be attending and whether you need to prepare anything in advance such a presentation.
  • Plan your journey; make sure you allow enough time to travel to the interview location. It is advisable you arrive 15 minutes early, so you can calm any last minute nerves you might have.
  • Dress smartly and according to the environment you will be in. You want to feel empowered and confident when attending your interview. Ensure your clothes are ironed; you are well groomed and do not use overpowering fragrances.
  • Speak clearly and confident at your interview, make sure you understand the question being asked it is ok to pause and think about your answer through. It is ok to ask the interviewer to repeat or break down the question if you’re unclear or unsure of what they are asking.
  • Keep your answer focused to the question, highlighting what you will do for the employer as opposed to what they can do for you.
  • Sell yourself! Be passionate and positive; give examples of your achievements and things that you have done that are relevant to the job when appropriate. Avoid being arrogant and confrontational.
  • Request feedback from your interview regardless of whether you have been successful or unsuccessful, this will help you to improve your interview skills in future.

What not to do?

  • Avoid being late, plan your journey in advance so you are prepared for any diversions etc.
  • Do not use slang words, negative connotations.
  • Don’t talk down about ex colleagues as the interviewer may look at this as gossiping and negatively count against you.
  • Avoid lying, be honest in your CV, application and interview. Even if you are successful at your interview, your employer can still dismiss you if they find out you have been lying.
  • Do not argue with your interviewer, keep everything positive

Finally, to everyone who has an interview the SIAS team will like to wish you best of luck!