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
At the interview
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
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
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
3. Web sites
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