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Preparing for interviews

So, how do think you’d do in an interview with Lord Sugar?  Why don’t you find out….

Here are some extra hints and tips to help you prepare before the interview:

  • Do some research about the organisation beforehand – look on their website, annual report, find out the size of the organisation, how many employees it has, what it’s main functions, products or services are, how long the company has been around, is it a local company, a national organisation or a franchise for example etc
  • Re-read your application/CV and the job description
  • Spend some time beforehand thinking about the types of questions they may ask, and then mentally preparing some suitable answers. Please click here to download some sample questions
  • Write these down as this can often help you to remember your answers
  • Think of some examples to demonstrate your answers – think back to your work experience, time spent at school, any voluntary work or time spent on projects or in learning – e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award, Princes Trust, Adventure Unlimited
  • Be clear about what Employability Skills you think you have and how these will be useful to your future employer – read the information on this website under ‘What employers want’ to help you identify your Employability Skills and Qualities
  • Think of some questions which you would like to ask them – Suitable questions could be:
    1. How big is the team in which I will be working?
    2. What training and support will I receive?
    3. Will there be any opportunities to progress in the company?
  • Make sure your first questions are NOT about how much pay you will get or how long your lunch break will be! This does not give a good impression about your motivation and commitment! Only ask about pay and breaks if this has not been explained to you in your interview.
  • Appearance and dress – you don’t have to buy something new but you do want to look like you have made an effort – smart, clean and ironed.
    1. Remove large piercings
    2. Wash & brush your hair
    3. Wear minimal make-up
    4. Dress as if you’re going to work / college / school and NOT going out with your friends.
    5. Once you have got the job, you may find that your employer is more relaxed about your appearance on a day to day basis.
  • Location and time of interview – check the address and know where it is on a map. Plan ahead how you will get there and check buses, train times etc.
  • Have an early night and don’t oversleep! You want a clear head and plenty of time before the interview.

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