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UK job interview tips

After putting your CV together and signing up with a recruitment agency, you’re half way there. To get the job you want, you’ll need to stand out in an interview if you want to secure a job offer. Here are some of our top tips to prepare for the interview and make a lasting impression.

Before your interview

  • Research the role (and organisation, where possible) thoroughly. Preparing will give you a sense of confidence before stepping into the interview.
  • Before going for the job interview, ask the recruitment agency what you should bring to the interview. You might need your passport, current payslip or portfolio.
  • If you’re asked to bring along a portfolio, remember to include any positive remarks or feedback from your current or previous employers.
  • Research a few typical interview questions and think about how you might answer them, for example what your strengths and weaknesses are.
  • Prepare a few questions to ask at the interview. It’s good to ask questions about the job you applying for or the company that you are interviewing at.
  • Find out what the going rate for the role is (you can find some handy salary comparison sites here).
  • Dress to impress. When in doubt, go for formal over casual.

During the interview

  • Be confident and friendly.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Answer questions honestly and give explanations for your answers – specialist recruiters will know about your industry and will be aware if you exaggerate.
  • Explain to the interviewer why your application is a strong one, based on your experience and personal traits.
  • When stating your strengths, provide examples of how you implemented or used these strengths.
  • If you’re asked about your weaknesses, remember to provide examples of how you’re working to improve in these areas.

After the interview

  • Follow up with the interviewer. A simple email thanking them for the opportunity and stating that you look forward to hearing from them won’t go amiss.
  • If you are successful, be sure to get all the information needed to adequately prepare you to start the job.
  • In the event that you don’t get the job and you feel that your skills and experience were a good match to the role, you might ask for constructive feedback. Focus on why your application was rejected and how you might better present your case in the future.
  • If you were unsuccessful, be sure to keep in touch with the recruitment agency as roles may come up that you could be considered for in the future.

 

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