Written by Andrea Barker

Here is an article on how to gain confidence at interview, check out my tips here


If you have been selected for interview, then CONGRATULATIONS!

The employer is interested in finding out more about You. Your CV or

application will have already told them that you meet the requirements of

the role.

An interview is a wonderful opportunity for you to demonstrate your

personality, and communication skills, your competencies and for you to

find out more about the job, company and team or person you could be

working for. You are interviewing them too!


There is so much you can do to be as prepared as possible for interview

- Preparation really is key to an interview going as well as it can.

If you have researched the company, it's vision, values, ethos or mission,

and the role you have applied for, you will naturally be curious and have

valid questions to ask, to demonstrate your genuine interest.

Look at what the company, or person, says about themselves. Does it

represent what you want to be a part of?

They will be interviewing you, in part, to see if you fit with the company, or


Match your skills against the job role, know what you have put in an

application (wise to keep your own copy before sending), and know what

is on your CV, and be prepared to demonstrate the skills and qualities you

say you have.


A lot of companies use Competency based questions on their applications

or at interview. If you really think about it, it is a great and fair way for you

and the employer to find out whether you fit the role.

Here is a great tip:


S - Situation - they may give you a situation and ask you how you would

deal with it, or ask you 'tell me a time when...'

here you need to set the scene and say what the desired outcome is

T - Task - here you explain your role in the situation - if they are asking you

about a situation you have not had, then what you think your role would be

based on the job you are being interview for

A - Action - What action was taken by you, within your role, how did you

involve other members of the team? Explain why you felt the action was,

or is, appropriate to the situation.

R - Result - Was the result the desired outcome? usually you want this to

be as positive as possible - though

R is also for Reflection - so if the desired outcome was not achieved -

what did you learn from it,? what was implemented as a result? this type of

scenario could be very relevant to some roles.


Basic things NOT to do!

DO NOT BE LATE. In your planning look at the route, how long will it take, is

there parking, can you use theirs? (A simple phone call will answer that

query). How far is the train station from the employer? can you walk or do

you need a taxi?

At interview First Impressions really do count:

so dress smart, if corporate then suited and booted. Wash and iron or dry

clean clothes .

Girls - no heavy make-up or big jewellery, or chipped nail varnish.

Men - trim the beard or shave

Clean hair - clean teeth - clean shoes

It may be appropriate to cover tattoos or take out some piercings

If you smoke - not 5 minutes before, and do not cover yourself in

deodorant or perfume! A mint is fine, but not to crunch or suck on in


It is simple stuff, but you'd be surprised.


SMILE, and have eye contact - this needs to be from the moment you walk

in the door, some employers will check how you were in reception.

One client I had, went for an interview as a receptionist. A man held the

door for her, she smiled and thanked him. Unbeknownst to her, he was the

boss, and he rang through to the interviewer and said ' I want her' -

remember your CV or application already got you to interview.


Another tip:

Write down your questions, ( the ones you will have after your research)

and take them with you in a folder, along with your CV or application,

and the job description. If you are waiting you will have something to


When asked if you have any questions, you can say 'yes' and bring them

out, especially good if your mind has ';gone blank'. It really shows that

you have prepared and are interested. There is no rule anywhere that

says you can't!

Never bad mouth a previous job or employer. Have you answer already

formulated in a positive way, so you are prepared should you be asked.

Be aware that a lot of employers now check your Social Media Profile!

Remember the role you are being interviewed for, and make your

answers relevant to it, and reflect not how good you are at the job you

currently do - but what you will bring to to this new role.

Get a good night's sleep.


If you know your Skills, the Company, the Role and have your questions

- then you can be Confident and RELAX, Smile and Enjoy the process.

Most Interviewers do allow for nerves, and some are nervous


One last thing

'No you can not bring your hamster to interview, even if it is in it's ball!'

An absolutely true story. Needless to say they didn't actually make it to


I hope this helps