At the interview

Take deep breaths to calm yourself before you enter the building for your interview, or before you dial in for a telephone interview. As soon as you arrive or pick up the phone, behave as if the interview has started.

Some interviews will begin or end with a tour of the workplace/building. Remember this is still part of the interview. You could ask some questions about what you see, but it might be better to keep any questions you want to ask for the interview itself.

Interview tips

  • Be polite and respectful. Thank the interviewer for seeing you.
  • Sit up and speak clearly.
  • Be interested, alert, and positive. Remember: you got through to the interview when others did not.
  • Smile and (in a face-to-face interview) look at the person you are talking to.
  • Listen carefully to the questions and think before answering. What does the interviewer want to find out? What examples can you give of your achievements and successes? Don’t refer to your preparation notes when answering.
  • If you do not understand a question – ask.
  • If you make a mistake in answering, or if you get confused – stop. Breathe deeply and start again.
  • In your answers, try to show the interviewer the following:
    • You are well motivated
    • You have initiative
    • You have prepared
    • You are taking responsibility and making plans for your future
  • You may be interviewed by more than one person. In this case, direct your answers back to the person who asked you the question, but glance at the others to show you are including them in your answer.
  • At the end, thank the interviewer.

Last updated 13 November, 2014