Helping You Prepare For Your Next Interview

At some point in your career, it is likely that you will apply for an opportunity which will mean you will attend an interview. It is normal to feel nervous because you want to ensure you do your best. If you prepare for the interview and also practice, this may help to allay any nerves and give you the best chance of getting the job.

Here are some dos and don’ts when attending an interview:


  • Ensure you prepare
  • Undertake some research on the role, department, priorities and potential challenges. You may benefit from speaking to someone within the department or the recruiting manager beforehand
  • For more senior roles you may benefit from extending your research to external factors – external reports, changes in policy and the wider context of the industry
  • Find out the where the venue is beforehand and ensure you know how long it takes to get there
  • Turn off your mobile
  • Be positive
  • Dress smartly – look bright and attentive
  • Request feedback on your performance, whether successful or not


  • Be late
  • Use slang words or jargon (or swear)
  • Slouch in your seat
  • Lie
  • Nerves are usual… relax. Don’t talk too fast and remember to regulate your breathing as shallow or rapid breathing will exacerbate feelings of anxiety
  • Be disrespectful
  • Discuss controversial topics
  • Read from your notes

Interview Tips and Techniques