No matter what age you are, what you do, or how much experience you have, job interviews can be scary. The trick is to be prepared. So, here's what you need to think about to bring your best when you sit down at your next interview.
Do your research
Finding out as much as you can about the company and the job you're being interviewed for will make a good impression and show you're passionate. It'll also help you to prepare some great questions which you can ask in the interview. And knowing your stuff about the role and company will also make it easier for you to answer any questions fired your way.
Practice makes perfect
Talk through your answers to common interview questions with a friend or family member by asking them to be the interviewer.
Here's a short video to show you three areas to help you structure a practice interview.
Tell me about a time when…
You will encounter these types of questions in a lot of interviews. The best way to be prepared to answer these questions is to use a technique called STAR to structure your reply clearly:
- S-ituation, what's the situation were in?
- T-ask, what needed to happen?
- A-ction, what did you do, and how did you do it?
- R-esults, what was the outcome of your actions?
Here's an example of using the STAR framework to show employers how you'll shine in a new role.
'Last summer I was volunteering for a charity.'
'I was given the job of improving their promotional strategy to increase donations.'
'I researched how other charities get the best out of their promotions and then presented new ideas to my manager.'
'My manager took my ideas on board and after a week of new promotions, our donations increased by 10%.'