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How to boss your job interview!

You’ve impressed the hiring committee with your sparkling CV and nailed it with your informative covering letter, and now you’ve been asked to attend a job interview!

Brilliant!

This is one of your final chances to shine and persuade them that you are what their business needs. You have dazzled them with your abilities on paper, now you need to do it face to face.

For seasonal and temporary jobs, it is likely you’ll be asked along to an interview face to face with the business owner or person you’ll be working with. Sometimes it will be a phone or video call, perhaps if you’re applying for work abroad.

Whatever form the interview takes, the following advice applies!

Prepare, research, and then prepare a little more!

Preparation is key. You have already researched the company and the qualities they are looking for in order to tailor your covering letter appropriately. 

You know what they are searching for, so aim to talk about what skills and experience you can bring to the role. Highlight it with examples from your previous jobs, volunteering or school days. 

Get out your crystal ball

Try and anticipate the questions you may be asked. With seasonal jobs, they really want to know if you’ve done anything similar before and, if not, can you learn the ropes quickly, and how adaptable you are. 

Seasonal work inevitably involves people doing the job for only a few weeks or months, so they are looking for quick learners that can think for themselves and can use their initiative. You will probably not be receiving the same level of training and onboarding that a permanent employee would, so they need to know you can hit the ground running. 

Our top tips

• Be at the right place at the right time. It seems obvious, but you’d be surprised at people tripping up at this first hurdle!

• Turn your phone off!

• Give a firm handshake and wide smile.

• Make eye contact.

• Dress smartly – no rips or stains please!

• Be honest – don’t say you can speak fluent Mandarin if you can’t! You will probably be found out eventually!

• Offer a hard copy of your CV.

• Show interest in the company and the job you will be doing.

Your turn now

At the end of the job interview, the tables may be turned and they may ask you if you have any questions. Think of one before you go – it shows you are interested in the company and the job. But perhaps save the ‘how much discount you get’ question to another day!

Be prepared and you’ll rock it! Good luck and let us know how you get on!

For more advice from the experts visit the National Careers Service.

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