This practice will help you approach your interview with more confidence and a positive frame of mind.
Verbalise your answers fully
Get someone to ask you a range of possible interview questions and give them full answers. If you don't have someone to practise with, use a mirror or a video camera.
- Practising out loud will help you to choose the right words in the real interview.
- Don’t try to memorise your answers. Remember the key points using STAR and speak naturally.
Pause and plan your answer
Practise taking time to think and plan your answer.
- Before you start speaking, ensure the example you choose completely answers the question.
- If you require more thinking time for a difficult question, let the interviewer know.
- Don’t talk too quickly. Speaking at a relaxed pace demonstrates confidence and control.
Use the same posture, eye contact and tone of voice that you want to use in the interview.
- Sit as you would in the interview. Don’t slump, or fidget.
- Breathe naturally while speaking calmly.
Be prepared to talk
- Avoid giving yes/no answers.
- If you are asked a closed question, expand on your answer.
Don't talk too much!
- One answer should last no more than 2 minutes.
- If the interviewer pauses for a long period, don't try to fill the space. Some interviewers use this as a technique to get you to reveal more than you planned to. Otherwise check if they want more information on a particular area. Sometimes they are just writing notes!
- Don't adopt a new persona for the interview.
- Behave as you would when addressing your manager in a professional workplace.
If it is later discovered that you have been dishonest in your answers you could be dismissed.
- If negative incidents come up in the interview remain positive and show what you learnt from the situation.
- Don't bring up negative incidents or your weakness unless directly asked!
- Let the employer see that you were pleased to be selected for an interview.
- Be confident, smile, nod, make eye contact, and use positive body language throughout.