Handling the Interview


First impressions count.  Dress suitably professional.  It is better to be more formal, rather than less!  Try to be yourself, be open, be friendly – and smile.  Apart from someone who can do the job, the employer wants someone who will be pleasant to work with and who will fit into the existing team.

Look at the interviewer and listen carefully to what is being said.  When answering questions, your choice of words, vocal tone and body language can be as important as what you say.  A genuine enthusiasm for the job is invaluable (but difficult if you haven’t found out what it involves!).

Your knowledge of the training programme is likely to be explored.  Also anticipate questions about your education and academic record; experience; extra-curricular activities and interests; ambitions; strengths and weaknesses.

Make sure you can justify the claims and achievements listed in your application.  Be prepared to discuss them freely and illustrate the skills you’ve developed with SPECIFIC EXAMPLES – but don’t bore the interviewer with unnecessary or irrelevant detail.  You may be challenged (e.g. Why?  Why not?  What happened?) on the examples you provide.  Be prepared to explain gaps and changes – and to admit mistakes, but be positive about what you’ve learnt from them and don’t blame others.