When applying for a job, the interview is a key stage in the process. It is very important that you approach your interview seriously as it is your introduction to a potential employer. Remember that you really cannot under prepare for an interview. Our consultants will happily talk to you and prepare you individually for your interview, just send them your CV for the start. Below are some general tips for the start!
1. Be prepared
Look at the employers' website, JD etc, and learn a few important facts about the YOT/Probation Office before you attend your interview. Ensure that your Consultant has prepared you for the interview, with details about the job, who you are meeting and what they are looking for. Do not underestimate the importance of asking relevant and pertinent questions about your place of work – something about policy for example. It shows initiative.
2. Arrive early
Arriving early gives you time to make yourself familiar with the surroundings, refresh yourself, have a drink of water…
3. Make a good impression
First impressions are very important. Make sure you look smart and professional. Look calm, give a firm handshake, maintain eye contact and smile. Sit upright in the interview and try not to pick your nose etc!
4. Listen to the question and answer clearly and precisely
If you do not understand what is being asked, ask for it to be repeated. Write notes if this helps focus your mind. If you think of a better answer later, ask to come back to the relevant question
5. Make sure you can answer any questions about your CV
There is little point in having an impressive-looking CV if you are unable to answer questions about it. Make sure you know every part of your CV and can answer questions about your employment history with confidence and conviction. Also, make sure that you can explain any time gaps in your CV.
6. Talk about specific achievements
Interviewers like to know how you felt about a particular success, so prepare examples of things you've done that you are particularly proud of, how you have solved problems and what you have learnt from difficult situations.
7. Prepare answers to possible questions
Make sure you are clear about why you would be ideal for this job and the qualities you can bring to the company and role. Interviewers love questions such as what are your strengths and weaknesses? Select weaknesses can be remedied and turned into an advantage.
8. Equal Opportunities
Prepare an example of how you have tackled discriminatory practice in a work setting. It is not enough for this to stand alone though. You must demonstrate that a commitment to equal opportunities is a thread that runs through all of your practice, so bring it in at all opportunities.
9. Be honest
There is no point in lying about your achievements and skills; if you get caught out it can be embarrassing for you and the interviewer. If your skills do not match the needs of the job, the job is not right for you.
10. Bring your Passport and DBS, and a copy of your CV
11. Remain positive and stay calm even if you mess up an answer
12. Call your Consultant after the interview to give them your feedback