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How to Ace your Job interview

After crafting a great CV, you got an interview – congrats! Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but don’t worry; feeling a bit nervous is natural. Here are some tips to show the employer how awesome you are.


Before the interview, find out about the company and the role you’re interviewing for. This shows the employer you’re genuinely interested. You can check their website, social media pages, or news articles. Make a note of some interesting things you noticed. 

They may even ask you what you know about them, so doing research will help you answer them. It doesn’t give a good impression if you know nothing about them.

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Think about and search for common interview questions, and practice your answers beforehand. This will help you feel prepared, make you feel more confident, and help you avoid stumbling over your words. You could ask your friends, family, or career advisor to help you to practice. 

Plan your outfit

Dress smart and appropriate for the role you’re applying for. It’s best to avoid showing up for an interview in joggers, a hoodie, and trainers. Don’t worry too much about what other people think, but remember that first impressions matter, so make sure you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing. 

Prepare a few questions

Interviewers will often ask at the end of an interview if you have any questions for them. Being prepared for this and having questions at the ready shows them that you want to learn more about the role and the company. There are many different questions you could ask, like “What’s your favourite thing about working here?” but remember, the best questions are the ones you’re genuinely curious about. 

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Be on time

Aim to arrive at your interview 10-15 minutes early. This shows you’re professional and respectful of the employer’s time. Plan ahead for things like delayed public transport or traffic so you don’t feel stressed if things are running late. 

Be polite and professional

Greet the interviewer with a smile and a confident hello. Try to make eye contact and introduce yourself clearly. Use your manners and be mindful of your body language. Sit up straight and avoid fidgeting or looking disinterested. Never check your phone. 

Listen carefully to the questions

Take your time before answering questions. Try to answer clearly and concisely rather than waffling. If you don’t understand or forget what was asked, it’s okay to ask your interviewer to repeat the question or reword it.

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Be enthusiastic and positive

Show your passion and highlight your skills and experiences. Explain why you’re interested in the role and why you applied for that job specifically. 

Come prepared

It’s common to get a dry mouth if you’re nervous, so take a bottle of water with you to an interview. You can also take anything else you might need if you’ve been asked to prepare something for the interview, like presentation notes or your laptop. 

Final tips 

Remember, everyone gets nervous! Take a deep breath and be yourself. The interviewer wants to see your potential, so be confident and showcase your skills and personality. If you don’t get the job, don’t be discouraged. There are plenty of other opportunities out there, and every interview is a learning experience.

Good luck!

Need a bit more help?

Visit the Careers Wales website or make an appointment with a Careers Adviser. They can help you plan your career, prepare to get a job or find and apply for the right apprenticeships, courses or training.

Meic has some other helpful blogs about employment and volunteering. We also offer free and confidential support for children and young people in Wales. If you’re nervous about an interview or need advice about anything, you can call us on 080 880 23456 or chat online.

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