How to succeed at Interviews

When a company is impressed with your CV or job application, you will be invited for an interview. If you are applying to remain with the same employer, you may still be invited to a job interview.

When you receive the invitation to attend a job interview before you allow nerves to kick in, take some time to congratulate yourself. You are doing amazingly well, CONGRATULATIONS!

With the right preparation, interviews are nothing to worry about. Always remember you have been invited to attend a job interview because your experience, application or CV has shown the company you have what they need in an employee. You now need to go into the interview and demonstrate to them how perfect you are for the role.

Fear not, if you need extra help and support ahead of your job interview, The Interview Cheerleader has a range of courses, guides, and support available for you, starting at £5.99

Types of Interview 

There are a range of types of interview you may be asked to attend; when you are invited to the job interview you should be advised what format of interview you have been invited to – if you are not advised, ask.

Interview styles include, but are not limited to;

  • Online job interview
  • Face to Face Job Interview
  • Phone Interview
  • Competency-Based Interview
  • Role Play Interview
  • Informal Job Interview
  • Formal Job Interview
  • Panel Interview

If the role you are applying for is manual, you may be asked to demonstrate your capabilities. For example, if you are applying for a role as a children’s entertainer, they may ask you to entertain a room of 20 children.

Some companies have two, (or sometimes) three-stage interviews. This is where you are invited to interview with different departments over several interviews and days. For example, the Head of Department, Head of HR, and Recruitment Manager. It is common to be invited to a telephone interview, followed by a face to face or video interview a few days later. Small companies usually only require one interview to be attended.

How to Prepare 

  • Understand the role you are applying for and how your experience enhances this role.
  • Research the organisation.
  • Ensure you know where your interview will be, and how to get there (if face to face).
  • If your interview will be online, make sure you can log into the relevant platform, and ask a friend or family member to have a practice video call with you before your interview.
  • Arrive for the interview 15 minutes early.
  • Dress appropriately and professionally. It is always better to be overdressed eg in a suit rather than underdressed.
  • Ask questions, this will show your interviewer how much you really want the role.
  • Remain professional at all times.
  • Prepare your mindset – with a positive mindset you will achieve amazing things.
  • Make sure you get a good nights sleep the night before your interview.
  • Understand what types of interview questions you will be asked (for example tell me about yourself’) The Complete Interview Guide by The Interview Cheerleader will help you to answer this question and many more.

What to do next;

Prepare, relax the night before the job interview and try to enjoy the process, this could be the start of your next chapter which is very exciting.

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If you are unsuccessful in the job interview you are about to attend, please don’t worry. Ask for feedback, understand why you were not offered the role and learn from your experience. The perfect job is waiting for you, and you will receive your job offer very soon.

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