At the Interview

Questions you might be asked:

Why do you want to work here?
Why should we employ you?
What do you know about the company?
Why do you think you would be good at the job?
Tell us about yourself.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Tell us about something you've done that you are proud of.

  • Arrive early. Go to reception and introduce yourself 
  • You will be nervous. Don't worry, that's normal 
  • Make sure your mobile phone is off 
  • Don't chew gum or sweets and don't smoke 
  • Smile when you go in. Say 'Good morning (or afternoon)'. Always be polite 
  • Offer to shake hands and wait to be asked to sit down
  • Sit straight but relaxed. Give the interviewer normal eye contact 
  • Listen to the questions. Ask if you aren't sure what they mean 
  • Give full answers, not just 'Yes' or 'No' 
  • Don't lose the plot if you make a mistake. Forget it and move on 
  • Above all, sound positive. Don't whinge about your school or previous employer. No-one likes a moaner! 
  • Have a question to ask at the end. You could ask one of these:
    • 'What training can I expect?' 
    • 'How many people will I be working with?' 
    • 'How long will it be before I know the result of the interview?'
  • At the end, thank the interviewer and shake hands

Things you may need to take with you: 

  • The letter or appointment card asking you to go for the interview
  • The name of the person you have to see and their phone number, in case you get held up
  • Your mobile phone - but switch it off before going in!
  • Directions or a map (try Google Maps)
  • Bus or train timetable
  • Money for bus fares, food or any emergencies
  • Pen and a notebook
  • Exam certificates and any other qualifications you have
  • Other documents you might have showing your achievements
  • Any reference or testimonial from an employer or training provider
  • Any other documents that you have been asked to bring (e.g. passport, birth certificate, driving licence, National Insurance number)
  • Examples of your work, if appropriate
  Download our leaflet Going for an Interview.