Interview techniques

Interview preparation

So you have done really well and secured that all important job interview!

Your local supported employment agency can support you when it comes to getting ready for an interview or speaking to your potential future employer about your disability or any other issues.

Meanwhile, here is some practical advice when it comes to preparing for an interview.

The most important thing to do in an interview now is to let yourself shine.

While interviews can be nerve-racking affairs, one thing to remember and which may help to keep the nerves in check, is that the interviewer really wants you to succeed.

They hope you are the right candidate.

That is the whole idea of the interview process, to help the interviewer find someone great to fill their job vacancy and they already think it could be you, otherwise you wouldn’t have gotten the interview.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to interviews. However, there are some standard do’s and don’ts. Here are ours.

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  • Make sure you know about the company and the job in question. Your interviewer is likely to ask you at least one or two questions about the company so you need to be able to talk on the subject.
  • Dress professionally. Consider sticking to darker colours. In general, it is a good idea to play it safe and be conservative rather than taking a risk with a daring outfit.
  • Arrive early
  • Be polite and cordial to everyone, even outside the interview room. Consider yourself in ‘interview mode’ as soon as you get near the building. The person you skip ahead of in the coffee shop next door could very well be on the interview panel!
  • Try to remember the name of anyone you are introduced to
  • Offer a firm handshake and make eye contact
  • Know your CV inside out. If you have something in your CV, you have to be able to speak at length about it if required at the interview.
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your salary expectations
  • Back up your statements and claims where possible with real life examples from previous works situations


  • Be too modest. You have to sell yourself. An interview is no time to downplay your achievements or abilities. Sell, sell, sell!
  • Criticise your previous employers. It can reflect badly on you if you complain about your previous employers or former colleagues (even if it’s the truth). An interview is not the time or place to air your grievances.
  • Leave your phone on. It is pretty obvious but turn off your phone.
  • Lie. It is amazing how quickly a lie can get out of control in the high pressure environment of a job interview. Avoid lying altogether. It is fine to phrase your achievements and past experience in language that reflects you most positively but an out and out lie usually does more harm than good.
  • Dress flamboyantly or wear anything revealing
  • Slouch, fidget or yawn
  • Bring up salary, holiday time or other benefits unless the interviewer brings it up first
  • Look at your watch!
  • Express personal views on very topical issues

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