Careers and Training

Applications and Interviews


Careers and Training

Your interview is usually the first opportunity an employer has to get an impression of who you are and how well you will fit into a workplace or role. It is also a chance for you to find out more about the employer and the workplace before you commit to accepting a job offer.

Interview guidelines

To make a good impression at an interview, aim to follow these guidelines as much as possible:

  • Listen fully to each question and aim to answer questions clearly and concisely
  • Prepare your own relevant, thought-provoking questions, as this can show that you're genuinely interested in the role and really listening to the interviewer
  • Avoid talking about any personal problems
  • Be enthusiastic and well-mannered to all staff you meet from the moment you enter the workplace until you leave
  • Display positive body language, speaking clearly, smiling frequently and retaining eye contact
  • Be careful talking about previous employers, and don’t make any negative comments about them as this could inadvertently give the impression that you have difficulty getting along with management
  • Read the Job Description and Person Specification again in full prior to your interview, making notes of how you can demonstrate the qualities required. It is also helpful to gather information about the employer so that you have an idea of what to expect and can show that you have done your research
  • Give practical examples of how you have dealt with scenarios, highlighting your best attributes, experiences and achievements, based around the skills that you've identified as important to the organisation
  • Relax and sit naturally, but without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk
  • Wear smart business attire with comfortable, polished shoes
  • Towards the end of the interview, let the interviewer know that you are available to answer any follow-up questions if needed

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