Preparing For The Interview

Look at their website, and look at the information they sent you and see if you can find their mission, purpose, any value statements and the like. It is helpful to be familiar with the organization’s guiding principles. Also try to find out how the job you applied for fits in with the organization.

Make a list of questions about the organization, ideally around work, such as the team you work with or the work you do every day. It’s okay to ask about the on-site gym and vacation allowance, but don’t make it seem like you’re just eager to get away from work!

Asking if you can work part-time at this stage is probably not a great idea. Either you should have done this before applying, or you should have been prepared to work the hours mentioned.

about you
You need to sit down with the person specification and your application and create some new examples of how you meet at least some of the requirements. It’s good to talk about examples of your application or CV/covering letter, but it’s also useful to have a few new ones. Describe the situation in one sentence or less and focus on your actions, the results you achieved, and how you know you succeeded.

It’s also helpful to prepare answers for some standard icebreakers, such as ‘Tell me a little about your current job’, or ‘Tell me why you applied for this job’. Your answers should focus on your skills, and how you can use them in the new job, again based on the person’s specifications. Don’t learn them by heart, but have a good idea of what you want to say.

Examination and presentation
Some interviews require you to give a short presentation or take a test. Details will always be included in the letter inviting you to interview, so you have time to prepare. If you are asked to give a presentation, don’t assume that there will be PowerPoint, or that you will be standing in front of a group.

You may be invited to bring a handout. It’s worth spending some time creating a one-page handout that summarizes your presentation in its entirety, be it a mind-map, some sort of picture, or your five key take-home messages. Check out our page: Creative Thinking for some ideas. Think about what you want them to remember from your presentation and make sure that’s clear from your handout.

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