How to Prepare for a Job Interview

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

 

Do you want to find your dream job? Increase your chances of a second interview? With millions of candidates applying for jobs across the UK it can be tricky to know how to make a good impression.

In this blog, we’ll be talking about all the best tips to use to ensure you succeed in your next interview.

With remote and hybrid working becoming the new norm in most workplaces, you may be required to do a range of different types of job interviews. In some cases, you'll only need to succeed at one of these to land the role. In others, particularly at large graduate employers, you may have to do several video interviews throughout the application process.

 

  • Telephone - often used by employers early in the application process to filter large numbers of applicants. If you're successful you'll typically be invited to a video or face-to-face interview. Expect a telephone interview to last around half an hour.
  • Video – All interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic have been held remotely and will likely be used a while longer.  Video interviews tend to last 30-60 mins. – Zoom and Teams are the most commonly used so make sure you have enabled your tech accordingly.
  • Face-to-face - the traditional and pre-COVID, was the most common form of interview. You'll attend the employer's office and be questioned on your suitability for the job by an individual or panel. Face-to-face interviews usually last about an hour
  • Assessment centres - you may be asked to attend an assessment centre with other applicants and take part in tasks such as presentations, team exercises and psychometric tests. Assessment centres usually last a full working day and have more recently been adapted to be held online. This format is more commonly used in graduatre level recruitment.

 

Some clients give pre-tasks to complete prior to the 1st interview or even during it. You will almost certainly be required to do a task before or during the 2nd interview.

Interviewing for a new job is time consuming. You will need to allow plenty of time for your preparation and any tasks as well as attending the actual interview. If you are interviewing remotely, ensure you have a good internet connection, your audio and visual is working on your computer, you are in a quiet room with no interruptions and you should still wear the same clothes as you would for a face-to-face interview.

 

Make sure you do your research before entering your interview, try not to leave this until the last minute. In the days leading up to the interview, focus your research on your potential employers, you should understand the business beyond the basics. What sector does it operate in? What challenges does it face? Who are its competitors? What major projects have they recently completed?.

What’s more, reading their website and your job description again can help you clarify why you want the job, that you understand the role and even more importantly, why the employer should choose you over other candidates.

 

Preparing questions you’d like to ask before your interview can also help you make a good impression, as you demonstrate to the employer you fully understand the job role and its duties, thinking outside the box with a critical and logical mindset. Remember you need to know that this is the right role, company and cultural fit for you too so make those questions count!

For more junior candidates, it's also a good idea to do at least one mock interview before the real thing. You can also write and practise answers to common interview questions with someone you trust - possibly even recording yourself and then reviewing your performance.

 

So now you’ve completed your job interview, what's next?....

 

As your job interview comes to an end, try to make sure you find out when you'll be informed of the outcome - and thank the interviewer for giving you the chance to attend. Never ask what the salary or benefits are in the interview – if the interviewers raise the subject then of course answer their question which will probably be along the lines of “what salary are you looking for?”. At Naden Blair, we will have told them this information when we submit you so don’t be afraid to say!

If you're lucky enough to be offered the job, make sure it's right for you by discussing it with friends and family, and double-check details such as the salary before deciding whether to accept.

However, if you're unsuccessful, don't be too disheartened, it could be for a variety of reasons. We will always ask for constructive feedback and will share it with you so that you can improve your chances next time.

 

If you’d like more information or looking for your next job, get in touch with our team or visit our jobs board