Preparing for an interview

Interviews can be daunting, however the interviewers are not there to catch you out, but are assessing whether you are the right person for the job:

  • Preparation is key. Most questions are based on how your experience matches the person specification.
  • Do as much research on the charity as possible-the knowledge and enthusiasm you show at the interview could make all the difference.
  • Read through your CV, application form or supporting statement beforehand so that you are ready for any related questions.
  • Think about why someone should employ you. Ensure that you know what the job entails and can explain your suitability, giving relevant examples.
  • Prepare some answers beforehand to common questions such as 'why you would like the job' and 'what makes you the best candidate'.

Making a good impression

It is vital to make a good impression from the moment you walk into the building:

  • Best bib and tucker – dress very smartly as it is expected even if the charity has a casual dress code.
  • Engage with the interviewer(s) by making eye contact, and shaking their hands. Also, smile-it breaks the ice.
  • If there is more than one questioner, always make sure that you include the other(s) when you answer.
  • Take your time in answering each question. Always qualify your answers with examples pertinent to your own experience.
  • Try to be concise – the most common feedback we receive is that people over elaborate.
  • At the end of the interview, if you are interested in the role, make sure you leave the panel in no doubt that you want it!