The purpose of an interview is to give an employer an opportunity to meet you face to face, to discuss your interest in the work, and to see if you meet the requirements for the job.

It is an opportunity for you to sell yourself!

It is an opportunity for an employer to choose the best, and it is always the best interview that wins, not necessarily the best person!

  • Prepare Prepare Prepare!! Practice, practice, practice!!!! Understand what the position is about, research….know the business – an interview needs to be looked at from two perspectives, YOURS AND THEIRS – DON’T FORGET ABOUT THEIRS!
  • Organise your clothes – pay attention to your grooming, hair fingernails, teeth etc. hygiene – be clean, dress conservatively – black or blue, clean and polished shoes, no chewy, no smoking, remove piercings, don’t over accessorise – presentation is always a key factor, and particularly important to employers when interviewing young people. If you don’t have the right outfit – borrow it!
  • Assemble all the relevant documents you need – take in a copy of your application and just some spares in case, in a clean folder
  • Research the company/business/position thoroughly – find their address, make sure you know HOW TO GET THERE!! Do a practice run!
  • Read over your resume and application again
  • Be on time – arrive at least 10 minutes before
  • Make sure you are polite and friendly to ALL the staff – they have an opinion too and they are watching and listening!
  • Smile, make eye contact and give a firm handshake! There is nothing worse than a ‘wet fish’! A great handshake initiated by a young person says ‘take notice of me’. Be positive! Give all the interviewers equal attention
  • Be aware of your posture, body language, your speech (save the slang for home!), your energy level and genuine enthusiasm – GET A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP!
  • Be confident – employers don’t interview everyone – they’ve selected you!
  • If you feel you are nervous or anxious – let them know! Eg. ‘I haven’t been interviewed before and I’m finding myself quite nervous!’
  • Try to avoid the yes/no responses - elaborate and participate in the interview - give solid example where you can.
  • Be aware of your body language – fidgeting, slouching, chewing, clicking your pen, flicking pages, crossed arms etc. Try to sit straight, hands in your lap or in front of you
  • Be aware of ‘likeability’ – people tend to hire who they believe they can work with