"Be prepared..."

It's time for you to embrace a positive attitude and apply for that job.

Be Confident

It's going to be challenging and you may have to compete against several other candidates, some of which you may already know or work with, but remember, you can do this. It's just a matter of being confident and believing in yourself that you are the right person for the job, whilst demonstrating the passion and the skills you have to do it.

Evaluate the role profile you are applying for

It is important that you analyse the Job Role Profile carefully and thoroughly. This will tell you exactly what the job is about and what you are expected to do. You will need to match your skills with the requirements stated and use this Job Role Profile to help structure your application form.

Prepare writing your application form / CV


Your Application Form should follow the guidelines contained within the Job Role Profile. Usually these will consist of a range of Personal Qualities and Behavioural Competencies including:

  • Openness to change

  • Professionalism

  • Decision making and 

  • Working with others

Research your new job and the company

It is best practice to thoroughly research the company that you are potentially going to work for. For example, What do they do?, Who are their customers?, What do they sell? etc. Contact the person named on the job advert and have a telephone conversation with them asking to visit the department.  This is a great opportunity to find out more about the job role before you attend the interview. This prior contact demonstrates to an employer that you have taken the time to research the role, and have a keen interest in working for them.

Evidence your experience

Reflect on your work experience. What have you achieved? What projects have you worked on? How did you manage a team? What responsibilities did you have? It is important to use current experience (within a five year period, if possible) and try to tailor your evidence so it's relevant to the role you are applying for. The Competencies are designed to test your ability to resolve problems, so you'll need to use the STAR technique when writing your application form. I can help you explore this in more detail.

Practice rehearsing your answers 

This is the key to performing well in your interview. Whether you practice with yourself, speaking out aloud your evidence, or better still, ask someone to role-play with you. Let them read the Job Role Profile first, so that they have an understanding of what job it is you are applying for. Their role is to be the Interviewer and to listen to you and your answers and help by giving you some positive feedback.

Attire (Dress Code)


It is important to make a good impression! Appearance and smell is paramount. Therefore, dress smartly. Colour co-ordinate your clothes accordingly. The panel will judge you during the first Ten Seconds you walk in the interview room.

  • Men:  A clean, ironed shirt, tie, trousers and polished shoes (Jacket/Suit)    Clean shaven / trimmed facial hair / haircut / clean nails / wear deodorant 

  • Ladies:  A clean, ironed blouse, trousers/skirt, polished shoes (Jacket/Suit). Not too much makeup / jewellery / haircut / clean nails / wear deodorant 

Ready for interview

It is important that you feel confident and comfortable for your interview. Learn your examples well, but not word for word as this will affect your recollection during the interview. When you speak, you want your evidence to flow naturally. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to the Interview.   Make sure you know the route (SatNav), and where to park. Take a break from your preparation the night before and ensure you get a good night's sleep. Be there 15 minutes before the interview, never arrive late!

Expectations of your interview


Depending on the role you are applying for, it is normal to have an Interview panel consisting of two or three people. One would be the Chair or Lead Interviewer, the second being the Team Leader or Manager of the department you are applying for and the third being an Independent Representative from Human Resources, who's responsibility it is to ensure that the interview process is fair and impartial. Between them, they will ask you at least six competency based questions. These questions are designed to be straight forward to test your skills, knowledge and experience for the role, and not to trick or 'trip you up'.

Deliver and get that job!

You have prepared so hard for this interview, it is now time for you to do your very best and use all the skills and techniques that I have taught you to get the job. It is important that you remain calm before you go into the interview, and perhaps breathing techniques can help you achieve this if you are nervous. You will need to have a clear, focused mind, determination and positive energy. Speak loud, with confidence and maintain good eye contact. Don't leave your best evidence until the end, because 'waiting for that question to appear', never does! Enjoy and learn from the experience. Good Luck!