Great, you’ve got that job interview - Congratulations!
At Hospitality Jobs UK, we want you to know that it is quite normal to feel nervous about going for a job interview, so we want to ensure you are prepared for any interview before you go.
To help you prepare, we’ve put together some tips & advice on how to get the best out of your interview, from interview preparation, planning your journey, to questions you may be asked at the interview, through to obtaining feedback.
These tips will help boost your confidence and chances of a successful interview and will leave a lasting positive impression to your potential new employer.
Plan your route
It’s an obvious one but if you are going to travel by car, plan your route in advance and find out where you can park.
If necessary ask the agency for directions, bus or train routes or details of parking.
It might be an idea to make contact with your prospective employer or agency to understand what the dress code is when being interviewed. Some organisations enjoy a more relaxed dress code some may not. If in doubt best advice is to dress smartly. Find out as much as possible about the company. If you have not received an information pack, visit their company website on the Internet. It is good idea to jot down a few notes to take along to the interview.
Read your application/CV, thinking through your own career and the questions they might ask you. You should try and anticipate the general questions, which they will ask. Many companies now interview in a more structured way, not only will they be asking you about your knowledge, skills and experience, be prepared to talk through some and give examples of where you have displayed certain behaviours e.g. communication, team work, motivation etc…
And remember it’s a two way street, what would you like to know, prepare some questions to ask them
Suggested check list before you set off for your interview:
- Your CV
- The letter / e mail inviting you to attend interview
- Any company information you have gathered including any notes you have made on the company
- Examples of your work, e.g. reports, 360 feedback, personal development
- Review information, references or achievement awards
- Questions you would like to ask