Tips for Interviews
So in case you’ve been following my posts I have my interview for my MA in Social Work this week. I’m really looking forward to it, at the moment I’m excited more than anything else. I’ve been preparing for it as much as I can and I’ve already worked out what I’m going to wear! I think it’s really important to prepare for any interview as best you can. A few tips from me would be:
1. Find out all you can about the company or if you’re looking at further courses or qualifications make sure you know everything you can.
2. If you know who is interviewing you Google them, it’s amazing what you can find out online.
3. Read and re-read any information that you’ve been sent and if you need to take anything specific with you don’t forget it.
4. Think about what sort of questions you might be asked and how you would answer them. Examples are always needed and are the best way to show someone your experience.
5. Generally at the end of an interview you’re always asked if you have any questions. Ask some, it shows initiative and that you’ve thought about and prepared well.
6. Turn up on time, switch your phone off and dress appropriately. It may all sound obvious but first appearances in interview settings do matter. This is you time to show others what you are like and to make that good impression.
7. Now we all have strengths and weaknesses, so make sure you know what yours are. This is good for those ‘team’ questions. Where can you help and support others and where might you need help and support from others within a team. No one can be good at everything and knowing your weaknesses shows your authentic side.
8. If you are unsure of what you’re being asked, clarify it. Don’t try and answer a question you don’t understand fully.
9. With any assessments or test – just do your best and be you. You’re being assessed on your skills and knowledge.
10. Be positive – I know it can be a daunting process but try not to pull yourself down – believe in yourself, you’ve got this far.
11. Most of all relax and be you.
I’m no expert on interviews and you could probably add more to the list. I guess what I’m trying to say is as long as you’ve prepared and you be yourself that is all you can do.
On a completely different topic, my dissertation is still coming along nicely. I see my dissertation supervisor this week, so I might not be saying this at the end of the week. However, I’m sure it will all be constructive feedback. If I’m honest I haven’t spend a great deal of time with my husband or Faith these last couple of weeks so I’m going to make up for that this weekend and go out somewhere nice for the day. Instead, I’ve been trying to meet my personal deadlines for my dissertation before seeing my supervisor. I’ve decided I don’t like coding interviews, but I could happily transcribe them, it was really interesting listening back to them.
Right, that’s enough for now. Hope you are all studying hard and if you had reading week last week lucky you!