Interviewing for a job

Presenting yourself well, speaking clearly, and knowing your stuff are very important for a successful interview.
Job Interview

If you get an interview, congratulations! You’ve passed the first step and made yourself stand out from the crowd.

An interview is your chance to really shine and show what you’re capable of. These top tips will help you make the best of your interview.

Types of interview

It's a good idea to find out who will be interviewing you and what type of interview it is before you go.

If you are interviewed by one person, it's called a one-to-one interview. You can also be interviewed by several people, which is a panel interview.

You may also be asked interview with a group of other candidates. This type of group interview may involve informal discussion as well as interview questions.

Instant Expert: Learn more about standing out from the crowd at a group interview.

Sometimes you may be asked to present something at an interview. Make sure to practice beforehand so that you know what you're going to say and do in the time you have.


Before the interview checklist

  • Confirm that you are attending the interview
  • Get the details of where and when the interview is, and who it is with.
  • Ask about any tests, presentations or activities you will do as part of your interview.
  • Figure out how you will get to your interview and how long that will take.
  • Research the organisation through their website.
  • Think about any questions the employer might ask you and prepare some answers.
  • Practice answers to questions you might get asked. Get a friend or someone at home to help.
  • Think safety: tell someone where you will be, when and for how long.  


At the interview checklist

  • Dress smartly, even if the job has a casual dress policy or uniform.
  • Make sure your personal hygiene is good: clean teeth, body, clothes, and deodorant if you need it.
  • Arrive at least ten minutes before the start so you can relax and use the loo.
  • Sit up straight in your chair and don’t fidget, doodle or chew gum.
  • Look at whoever is speaking to you, speak clearly, and smile.
  • Answer questions honestly, carefully and thoughtfully. Wherever possible, give examples from your own experience.
  • Be prepared to say why you want to work for the company, and what skills you can bring to the organisation.
  • Come prepared to ask questions too; this shows that you are keen on the company and have thought about what to ask in advance.
  • Remember, interviewers want to fill the position and genuinely want you to succeed!
  • At the end, thank the interviewer and offer your hand to shake.

Instant Expert: For lots of great tips on interviews and other skills like building a CV, log on to Barclay Life Skills.

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