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Owning the interview

So your CV worked and you are through to the interview stage. A work coach from Jobcentre Plus has some tips to give you an edge.

Great news – you have an interview, and an opportunity to show them why you’re the right person for the job. Whether you are attending the interview online, over the phone or in-person, make sure you do your homework and be prepared.

Here are my top tips:

  1. Research the company – What do they do? How many people do they employ? What is the company’s history?
  2. Sounds basic, but decide what you’ll wear. Make sure your clothes are appropriate to the job you’re going for even if it’s a video interview.
  3. Have you thought hard about what questions you could be asked? Look over your application form objectively – what might you ask if you were the interviewer?
  4. Relax, smile, look the interviewer in the eye and use the opportunity to tell them about the great stuff you’ve done.

Best of Luck!

If you want further help with interviews, LifeSkills, created with Barclays, has a module covering the purpose of job interviews and the process of preparing for one. Visit the LifeSkills website (external website) to find out more.