Five steps to conquering a job interview

Congratulations: you’ve been called for an interview for your dream job! This is the stage in the application process where people often feel the most nervous – but you don’t need to be. Read our five step guide below to stop you breaking out in a cold sweat, ace that interview, and secure yourself a prestigious apprenticeship offer!

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare!
There’s nothing worse than going into an interview feeling unconfident and ill-prepared. Make sure you spend some time reading up on the company and the job description, and think about possible questions the interviewers might ask. Common questions include: Tell Me About Yourself, Why do You Want to Work in this Industry? and What are Your Strengths and Weaknesses? If it helps, write some practice answers down and say them out loud to yourself or a friend– just be careful not to sound too robotic in the interview! You’ll also likely be asked if you have any questions, so prepare a few in advance.

2. Dress to impress
Think about your outfit choice; you want to look like you take the job seriously. If in doubt, always err on the side of caution and dress smartly such as black trousers and a shirt. Take a notepad and pen along with you too!

3. First impressions count
Your interviewer only has a short space of time to decide if they think you are the right fit for the job, so likewise you only have a small window to make the best impression possible. Shake their hand when you first meet them, make eye contact throughout the interview and answer questions honestly and politely!

4. Remember to Breathe!
If you feel yourself panicking mid-interview, take a deep breath to gather your nerves. It’s also fine to pause for a moment before answering questions; this allows you time to think of how best to answer as well as calm yourself down.

5. Follow Up With a Thank You
Make sure you stay in the forefront of your interviewer’s mind by sending an email thanking them for their time. Let them know you enjoyed meeting them and ask them to contact you if they need any more information.