Preparing for your interview is the key to success. Make sure you can explain everything in your resume and cover letter, including examples and explanations of your experience. Be clear about why you want the job and why you want to work for that organisation. Do as much research about the company or business as you can.
You may be interviewed by one or two people, or by a panel. Ask the person who notifies you of your interview time who will be interviewing you. This way you can be prepared.
Remember the following:
During the interview, if you're not sure about a question the interviewer is asking, ask them to explain or clarify that question. Sometimes it's helpful to note down the various parts of a complex question. Be sure to keep your answers relevant to the job and why you are the best person for it.
The interview is not a time for:
Always have some questions of your own to ask.
Some questions could be about:
It is a good idea to send a follow-up email thanking the employer for the interview. This does lead to job offers. Sending a thankyou email shows that you are available and that you are polite and considerate, which might be the difference between you and another candidate. If you do not get the job you have been interviewed for, ask for feedback to help you improve your interview performance.
Ask questions like:
Searching for a job takes time and patience. Talk to friends who have found work and ask them what they did, or talk to people employed in industries that interest you about how they got their job.
An interview portfolio is a small, to-the-point selection of items from your career portfolio, tailored to the specific job. It may include official documents like certificates or examples of your work. Find out more about creating your career portfolio.
An interview portfolio is a useful thing to take to an interview. It reminds you of information you might otherwise forget to tell the employer. Organise your portfolio in plenty of time for the interview, just in case you need to obtain any items from past employers or official bodies.
Things to include in your portfolio:
Your interview portfolio is likely to be different for each interview.
Each time you compile it you will go through a similar process: