Interview overview

Interview overview

Interview overview

Having a job interview can seem like a daunting hurdle on the road to becoming employed. It is certainly a critical step, which is why we do plenty of work on developing interview skills at NOVA Transition.

Another resource is NOVA Employment’s Let’s Get Working website, which has some great tips and advice about preparing for job interviews.

At Liverpool NOVA Transition we’ve been discussing how to prepare for a job interview. Here are some aspects that we came up with:

  • Appearance: it’s important to wear appropriate clothing and attend to hygiene and personal grooming. Wash and brush your hair (perhaps even get a haircut) and have clean fingernails.
  • Getting there: Find out the address and location of the interview room. Work out how you’re going to get there and check public transport times, or parking availability. You could practise getting there a day or two before. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get there (plan to arrive early).
  • What to take: Prepare your portfolio to take with you. Include all certificates and your resume, neatly displayed.
  • What to do if you are late: have the contact details of the employer or interviewer so you can advise them as soon as possible. 

Practising

You will feel more confident – and make a better impression – if you have practised answering likely interview questions beforehand. At Liverpool, we researched common interview questions and thought about how we would answer them. You can find some examples in Let's Get Working's Interview Skills Part 2. We also looked at the type of questions that might be asked in particular industries.

At the interview

The interview is your opportunity to tell the employer about you – and of course you’ll expect to answer the employer’s questions. But an interview is also a chance for you to ask questions of the employer. For example, you might want to find out:

  • what will happen next after the interview is over
  • how the employer will contact you if you are successful.

As the Let's Get Working website points out, you need to find out if this is the type of place you want to work for, so ask questions to find out. Asking questions at the end of an interview shows that have put thought into the interview beforehand, which will help to impress the interviewer. 

 

Liverpool NOVA Transition

 

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