We’ve all been there

It is totally normal and natural to be nervous about getting interviewed. I don’t know many people who don’t get nervous. We have some tried and tested ways to help yourself be at your best at interviews – we hope these help you!

  1. Be prepared. Review the job ad carefully, look for what they are looking for in terms of skills, knowledge and experiences. Think about your last three years of work, and write down at least three examples of how you have demonstrated each of these. You should have already 8 – 10 examples that you can bring to the table. Write down these examples and put them into the STAR framework:
    1. Situation – what was the situation you were in? Be clear and specific
    2. Task – what goal or outcome did you need to achieve?
    3. Action – what steps did you take to get there
    4. Result – what was the actual outcome

Read them out loud until they sound good, but not to the stage where you are rehearsing lines, as trust me, this fails. Just remember the key parts, and it will all come together on the day.

Use REAL examples, any interviewer worth their salt spots fakes a mile off.

  • Do your research to find out more about the company and your interviewer and remember their name
  • Be 10 minutes early for the interview. Be positive, speak clearly and greet everyone you meet in a friendly and respectful manner
  • Dress appropriately to make a good first impression. Remember the interviewers want you to be successful, they are on your side!
  • Listen carefully when they describe the role and the company. Have a few questions to ask in case you don’t have any at the time… good ones could be 1) can you tell me about the team? 2) what would a general day look like for this role? 3) what’s going to be the biggest challenge for this role in the first three months?

Don’t forget that the interview should be two way – you are also interviewing the company, the manager and the role to make sure it’s right for you. Be respectful always, but not afraid to ask the things that matter to you.