Once you have an interview you have a chance. The potential employers would not waste their time if you did not. The secret of success at interview is preparation, and I have compiled some brief notes to help you prepare. The AGCAS Prospects website has a comprehensive guide.
Firstly you need to do your homework. It's easy to research information about companies, as you can browse the website or simply ring them up and ask them to send you copies of their annual report, sales literature etc.
You can also try to anticipate the type of questions you will be asked. The Prospects website has a good checklist.
On the Big Day
Some golden rules, which may appear glaringly obvious, but are frequently broken:
There is a link to a short two minute video which summarises the main points you should follow, click on Interview Summary 12 Quick Tips
More in-depth information on interviews
- There are also a few professional websites with some good advice on what to and what not to do. The links to the right of the page provide access.
- Lastly, there are some links to Own Goals and Blunders listed in a survey of US Human Resource/Personnel Officers. If you are thinking of using any of these techniques, book a meeting with the Industrial Placement Co-ordinator as we need to discuss your self-awareness.