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In the world of job interviews, the saying holds true: “fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” Our resources make sure you won’t be left kicking yourself post-interview because you weren’t prepared.
Structuring your answers is key. Our employment team has sat on many interview panels, witnessing candidates mess up because they didn’t structure their response. That’s why we recommend the STAR interview method, a tried-and-tested technique that works.
Crafting a good answer to this tricky question is an art. Follow this simple plan: talk about your current job, your journey to this point including past jobs that matter, and where you want to go in the future.
Don’t forget to show enthusiasm. Whether it’s a charity or a company, explain why you’re excited to work there. Keep it short; the interviewer doesn’t want your life story. You can practice your answer, but don’t memorise it word for word. You can even record yourself or get help from our employment team. Stay positive and don’t dwell on past problems at work.
Feeling nervous is normal, but you can deal with it. Here are some tips:
Remember, interviewers get nervous too. They want to impress you just as much as you want to impress them.
There are two important tasks to get ready for your interview:
You can boost your confidence by practicing with us. Mock interviews with our employment team are a great way to prepare.
We do all our mock interviews over the phone or online using video chat. If you’re not used to video chat, don’t worry; we’ll help you get set up.
If you have an interview coming up, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us when your interview is, share the job description, and send us your CV or application. We’ll do our best to help, but we can’t always guarantee a session.
You don’t need to have been offered an actual interview to benefit from this though. If you want to improve your interview skills, email us with three jobs that match your skills, your CV, and any recent application forms.