How to cope with interviews
9th September 2013
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Whether you are applying for a graduate scheme, an internship, work experience or a full-time job, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you are going to have to sell yourself by means of an interview. While you can usually find help with interview technique and preparation from someone at your university, and every company you apply to will have a slightly different interview style, we’ve put together a little list of preparatory tips that we think can be of use to everyone. 1. Do your research: Not only will researching what companies do help you to decide if you actually want to work for them in the first place, but knowing your stuff is incredibly handy when it comes to an interview. It’s very likely they will ask "so why do you want to work for us?" or "are there any of our campaign/elements of our work you’re particularly interested in?" If you can quickly refer to one or two examples that interest you, or that you can at least pretend to identify with, it really will work in your favour. You are showing that you have taken the time to look into this company and have decided they are someone you really want to work for, rather than them being just another business you’ve applied to in your desperate search for ANY job. 2. Look the part: Depending on the job you are applying for, what you will be expected to wear can differ massively. But, as a good rule of thumb, looking formal is the way forward. Obviously, applying for a job in a field like law or finance will usually mean wearing a suit or smart skirt/blouse combo but, for roles in areas such as marketing or teaching, you can be a little less rigid; be sure to look smart, but don’t be afraid to perhaps wear a bright colour or a quirky print. You should be able to judge for yourself what will be appropriate, but the most important thing is to feel comfortable so that you can relax, be yourself, and sell yourself to the best of your ability.
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