Interview advice

1. Interviews/assessment centres

The first thing to do when you receive an invitation to interview is recognise what an achievement it is. Often you have been shortlisted from a wide pool of candidates, and it’s important to give yourself the credit you’re due. Congratulations!

It’s a great indication that you’ve piqued their interest and the employer thinks you could be the right candidate for the job. You’ll be assessed on your interest in the role, suitability, and your knowledge of the organisation.

As with invitations to interview, an invitation to assessment centre is a great indication you have the basics the employer is looking for and could do the job. This is your opportunity to impress them in person by demonstrating your ability to do the job. It’s also a great way to assess whether you’d fit in well at the company and give you the chance to meet members of the team. Assessment centres often include an interview as one of the elements.

The interview is an opportunity for you and the employer to find out more about each other. It’s as much an opportunity for you to decide whether you want to work for the company as it is for them to see if you’re a good fit. Approach the interview with this in mind and it may calm some of those nerves. It’s worth noting that nerves are a perfectly reasonable response to the pressure of an interview and can be channelled positively. Employers know you’ll be nervous, remember nerves are a sign that this is important to you and are nothing to be overly worried about, you can still perform well.

Your interview will be a discussion about your application and suitability for the role. There are two key types of general interview: Competency and Strength-based. In addition, you may attend a Technical interview if appropriate for the role you are applying to.