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A Guide To Your First Interview

April 15, 2021, 9:23 a.m.
Are you currently in the process of securing your first ever job?

As part of the recruitment process, you may have to undergo an interview to confirm to the employer that you're the right person for the job.

For a lot of young people, going to an interview can seem quite daunting; especially if it's your first ever interview experience. It's completely normal to feel out of your comfort zone, so our team have shared some tips on how to prepare in advance and aim to reduce those pre-interview nerves.

TIP #1: RESEARCH AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

In order to ensure you're prepared in advance, it's a good idea to start gaining as much knowledge as possible on the company you're having an interview with. Think about visiting their website, finding out about their company values and their offering. This is going to give you a base foundation for any questions they ask regarding what you know about the company.



TIP #2: PREPARE IN ADVANCE.

The last thing you want on the day of your interview is to be panicking about getting to the location, or being on time. To prevent any last minute problems, make sure you've prepared your travel arrangements, timings and any things you need to take with you.

With Covid-19 having an impact on how interviews are being delivered, you may be required to attend your interview online via a video call. If this is new to you, make sure you have prepared your computer equipment in advance. It's also a good idea to complete a practise run, so you're familiar with how the technology works.



TIP #3: PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT.

Answering questions in front of someone with authority can sometimes feel like you're under pressure, making you more nervous! To prevent these nerves, we recommend listing out some interview questions that are likely to arise during the interview, and start planning your answers. These answers aren't meant to be rehearsed, but if you have a brief idea of what you're going to say in advance it make relieve some of the pressure when you're put on the spot.

We also recommend sitting down with someone you feel comfortable with, and make them ask you the questions so you can practise answering them out loud.

If you're still feeling worried about attending your first interview, you can contact our Careers Team via the Careers Hub on our website.