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Interview Skills

Although a meeting with an employer about a possible placement may not be as formal as an interview for a permanent job after graduation, it is a useful opportunity to try out and to develop your skills at being interviewed.

Many people are nervous about interviews, but you should always see an interview as an opportunity rather than a threat. Be positive. The fact that you have an interview means that the employer already feels that you should be able to do the job.

To give yourself the best chance of success, try to keep to the following basic guidelines.

Before the interview

Check details - time place etc
Do your homework - find out what you can about the organisation Re-read your application form
Anticipate "difficult" questions and think about how to answer them positively

At the interview
Think positive
Be enthusiastic
Find out as much as you can about what the work will involve
Be clear about what's agreed - dates, times, pay, tasks
Be honest about any necessary adjustments. Be aware of the, often simple, solutions, and sources of back-up information and help.

If you do not raise a need for necessary adjustments at interview, you may have no legal comeback under the Disability Discrimination Act if the employer fails to make these adjustments.

Further help

1. Your careers service

Workshops and seminars
One to one advice
AGCAS video Why Ask Me that?

2. Written material
AGCAS information booklet - Going for Interviews
Chris Phillips, GTI First Interviews - Sorted!
Martin John Yates, Kogan Page Great Answers to Tough
Interview Questions

3. Web sites

http://www.prospects.csu.ac.uk

http://www.nrec.org.uk/employability/startup.htm

http://www.careerbuilder.com

http://www.gti.co.uk

http://www.monster.co.uk

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