Preparing for an interview
Interviews can be daunting, however the interviewers are not there to catch you out, but are assessing whether you are the right person for the job:
- Preparation is key. Most questions are based on how your experience matches the person specification.
- Do as much research on the charity as possible-the knowledge and enthusiasm you show at the interview could make all the difference.
- Read through your CV, application form or supporting statement beforehand so that you are ready for any related questions.
- Think about why someone should employ you. Ensure that you know what the job entails and can explain your suitability, giving relevant examples.
- Prepare some answers beforehand to common questions such as 'why you would like the job' and 'what makes you the best candidate'.
Making a good impression
It is vital to make a good impression from the moment you walk into the building:
- Best bib and tucker Ã¢â‚¬â€œ dress very smartly as it is expected even if the charity has a casual dress code.
- Engage with the interviewer(s) by making eye contact, and shaking their hands. Also, smile-it breaks the ice.
- If there is more than one questioner, always make sure that you include the other(s) when you answer.
- Take your time in answering each question. Always qualify your answers with examples pertinent to your own experience.
- Try to be concise Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the most common feedback we receive is that people over elaborate.
- At the end of the interview, if you are interested in the role, make sure you leave the panel in no doubt that you want it!