OK, you've got an interview, and all that concern over knock back's is replaced with worry about the interview. Well, cheer up, you’re halfway there!
Prepare yourself as much as possible before you go, and you'll have the peace of mind that you did all you could.
An interview can be stressful enough without any unwanted surprises, so before you go:
find out exactly where to go and how to get there, always leaving plenty of time for your journey
find out as much as you can about the organisation, research the organisation/company in an as many ways as you can i.e. on their website,by reading past newspaper articles etc. Also make sure you have a thorough look at their website (if they have one)
was there anything you needed to prepare, like a presentation?
was there anything you should or have been requested to bring with you, like your passport or qualifications?
does the letter about your interview explain how many people will be present?
how long is the interview expected to take and will you be shown around the premises?
are you expected to do a test? If so, ask what prep work you can do
think about the sort of questions they may ask you (why you are interested in the job, what are your strengths/weaknesses) and what your answers will be
If you applied for the job through the Careers Scotland Centre, ask the Careers Adviser what to expect. Alternatively, do you know anyone else who has applied and gone through the interview? Sometimes the letter offers a telephone number for an informal discussion about the position. You could try calling this number for more info.
Easier said than done, but try to stay calm. Interviewers are aware that you are under pressure and will take any anxiety into account. Still, try to stay focused and answer questions fully, if you do not understand what you are being asked then seek clarification. Try to maintain eye contact with those interviewing you (but make sure you don't stare!) and be positive. Deep breaths will help you relax, and don't be afraid to take time to think about your answers before you speak.
Take with you:
The name, address and phone number of the firm, and the person you’re seeing
Money for any fares
Any information you were sent before the interview
Any certificates, and references you may need
A pen, pencil and rubber in case you have to do any tests
Stay enthusiastic at all times. Keep listening to what is being said and asked. Remember, they will probably ask you if you have any questions at the end of the interview, so try to think of something relevant to ask - e.g. what training they offer. Don’t be afraid to draw up a list of questions.
Accepting a Job
Nice, you've got the job, but come back down to earth before you accept. When your job offer comes (whether by letter or phone) take a bit of time to think over if it is right for you. And although it’s OK to accept by phone, it’s better to confirm it in writing as well.