The interview can be a daunting process, particularly for people who have not attended an interview for some time. Below are some pointers to help you:
Research the organisation before the interview, especially recent developments. Even if you are not asked what you know about the company, you will feel more confident which will help you to perform better during the interview.
Know exactly why you are at the interview. Candidates are frequently rejected because they cannot explain why they are interested in the role. They are looking for something more than career progression or more money. Think of the value you can add to the organisation
Have some questions prepared. Employers want you to take an interest in the role or organisation. Questions will also help you to engage with an interviewer. You may also think of questions whilst you are in the interview which you may want to ask. However do not ask a question for the sake of it as this may show you have not prepared properly as the answer may have been readily available on the company website.
When asked "Give me an example of...." make sure you do! It is surprising how many candidates do not give specific examples when asked. This is one of the most frequent reasons why candidates are rejected.
Use the STAR format when answering questions, this will keep your answers focused throughout the interview:
Situation: What was happening e.g. an increase in expenditure
Task: The objective e.g. to reduce spend in a particular area
Action: What you did e.g. applied a rigorous SRM programme
Result: The outcome e.g. a decrease in spend of 30%
Be completely honest with your answers, especially with your development points or lack of experience in certain areas. Employers will expect you to have development points and will see your honesty as a very positive trait.
Be concise, especially with questions such as "Tell me a little about yourself". Employers are impressed by candidates who are succinct and to the point.
Above all, listen actively and demonstrate that you have listened to everything the interviewer/s have asked and told you.
Try to enjoy the experience and be completely positive from the minute you walk into the building right through to arriving back home!