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How do I prepare for a job interview?

It’s normal to feel nervous before a job interview, but there are lots of things that you can do to prepare for the interview and help you make the most of it.

  • Reread the job description, your application form and your CV. You may even want to take your CV with you on the day – most employers won’t mind.
  • Do your research – it shows real enthusiasm for the job if you have some background knowledge of the company. You can usually find this information on the company website.
  • Think about the questions that they might ask you and write down the answers to help you remember key words.
  • Do a mock interview with a parent, friend or your Careers Advisor and record it. Look and listen to how you behave in the interview and get feedback from this.
  • Prepare a couple of questions to ask the interviewer at the end of the interview. Most interviewers will ask you if you have any questions, and asking them will show that you are really interested in the job.
  • It’s really important that you arrive on time for your interview. Plan your journey, and leave plenty of time to get to the location of your interview, particularly if you have never been there before.
  • It’s also important that you look good. Plan what you are going to wear and make sure that you are well groomed. (If you receive Job Seekers Allowance you can apply for funds that help pay for new clothes for your interview)
  • Most interviewers are happy to give you feedback after the interview has taken place.

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