Preparation for Interview

Preparing for an Interview

Interviews may take different formats, e.g. telephone, Skype, one to one, panel, group, assessment tests, presentations or role-play situations. The basic preparation is essentially the same however.

Before the interview  

Prepare your clothing the night before so that choosing these does not cause stress on the day.

Plan to dress appropriately and look as well as possible without using too many accessories.

Plan to get there well before the appointment, allowing for possible delays.

Read and understand as much as possible about the organization from its website.

Research the role of the position in question and identify the required and desirable skills.

Anticipate the questions that may arise and prepare answers.

Consider doing mock interviews with a friend or family member or consider recording your answers and listening back to your responses. This may demonstrate problems like speaking too quickly, answers that are too long or inadequate knowledge in reply to anticipated questions

On the Day 

Try to control your nerves by taking a walk, toilet break and deep breaths.

Write notes of points you wish to highlight, as writing will help you to remember these points.

Be well mannered and respectful to anyone you meet before the interview.

Go through your CV and application form and be prepared to answer any questions on any part of it.  Shake hands firmly with the interviewer before and after the interview.

Answer questions clearly and concisely.

Prepare to explain any gaps in the timeline or reasons why you left a previous employment.

Avoid commenting negatively on any previous employer.

Highlight your most appropriate training, skills and experiences based on what you have identified as the necessary required skills and be prepared to provide evidence of these with examples.

Smile and let you personality come through to the interviewer.

Maintain eye contact.

If you are unsure of what the interviewer is asking, seek clarification to avoid answering incorrectly.

Sit naturally and let your hands be seen (signifies honesty) and be enthusiastic about the possibility of working in the position in question.


Prepare some questions about the position and offer the interviewer an opportunity to ask any final questions.