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Interview Tips: Dress appropriately
The best advice is to dress smartly when attending an interview: no trainers or any clothes that you would lounge around the house in.
Revealing clothes should never be worn; after all, you don’t want to put the impression across to your interviewer that you don’t respect professional boundaries.
Bring all relevant documents
Bring all documentation that you have been requested to bring. If you haven’t got all the relevant documents at the time, just inform the interviewer of the circumstance and they will be able to advise you.
Clue up and the job role itself
If you’ve not had any experience in the job role itself, read up on it, highlight key responsibilities or duties that you may be asked if you can do within the role.
Write questions down for interviews
The night before your interview, think of some questions that you would like to ask regarding the role, the company, or the benefits that come with the role itself. it’s a great idea to write things down as you may not remember when you are nervous on the day.
Arrive 15 minutes early
Arriving early will show the interviewer you are keen to attend, and that you can keep to schedules and have a good time keeping. Make sure to not arrive too early, or take people with you who are not being interviewed. There may not be space for a lot of people to sit, and you don’t want to be causing issues for your prospective employer, or appear unprofessional.
Introduce yourself upon arrival
Upon arrival, make the person at Reception aware who you are and who you are there to see. Introduce yourself to the interviewer(s) when you meet them, shake their hand.
Don’t be scared to ask questions
Don’t be shy to ask questions, interviewers like people that ask questions because it shows interest, as long as its relevant to the role itself of course.
You should try to engage in all aspects of conversation throughout the interview.
Mention all relevant experience
Flag up all your relevant experience, and speak enthusiastically and confidently about your experience to show you know what you are talking about.
Remember that “relevant experience” doesn’t have to be only from work, so think outside the box – for example, if you have been a full-time carer for relatives, you have lots of experience about supporting people, and coaching a football team shows people skills and planning!
Don’t speak over the interviewer
Always let the interviewer finish off whatever they are saying; interrupting and not listening may hinder the chances of you getting the job because this would appear rude and disrespectful, and makes the interviewer suspect you would be the same with our service users and other stakeholders.
Use appropriate language
Try not to use any jargon/slang when speaking in the interview as this will come across as unprofessional, and will make the interviewer think this is how you would speak in a work environment.
Do think about your body language: good eye contact and an interested facial expression goes a long way to show that you are engaged in what’s going on and what the interviewer is saying to you.
It is a good thing to take a moment to think about your answer, but try not to not say ‘um’ too often, it can make you appear to lack confidence.