Get ready for your first interview
Well done on getting your first interview! Now it's time to prepare as best as you can and we're here to help.
So you've got an interview - congratulations!
Now it's time to prepare. You'll want to think through your experience, make some notes, and practice your answers out loud. This will help you to feel confident and showcase your skills. 💪
Watch the video below for top tips on interviewing with our very own support worker, Ryan.
Practice interview questions
Click here to put your skills to use by practising interview answers! Simply write down the answer you would give to that question in the interview. You may even want to record yourself saying them out loud to see how they will sound.
Try our practice questions now
You can refer back to the video above if you need a few more hints and tips!
Preparing for a job interview
- You get one chance at an interview so why not prepare and show the best version of yourself
- Read and review the job description. Make sure you have a really good understanding of the role you’re applying for
- Research the company. Get to know their core values/mission, history and plans for the future
- Plan your journey to the interview. Nobody likes being stuck in traffic while panicking about what time you’ll arrive or getting lost. Plan ahead so you don't arrive late.
- Dress professionally. Mirror the level of professional clothing you expect your interviewer to wear
- If you are interviewing virtually, keep your background tidy and professional
During the interview
- Maintain eye contact throughout the interview
- Listen carefully to the interviewer. You can do this by summarising their points, building on any comments they make and answering questions directly
- Look interested and happy to be there
- Keep a professional posture. Sit still, with your back straight and keep your feet on the ground
- Thank the interviewer for their time at the end of the call
After the interview
- Follow up with a thank-you email. It shows you are keen and willing to go the extra mile
- If the date for feedback passes, follow up with a polite email asking for feedback
- If you’re unsuccessful, ask for feedback.
- Most importantly - failing does not make you a failure, it makes you a learner
“Describe a time when…”
This is a really common question in an interview. It can help the interviewer to understand how you have responded to difficult situations at work in the past. Before your interview, practise coming up with some answers. You might want to use the STAR method -
Some examples to try:
- Describe a time when you worked well in a team and supported colleagues.
- Describe a time when you solved a problem at work.
- Describe a time when you disagreed with someone at work, and how you resolved it.
- Describe a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer.
Finally, good luck from all of us at Beam! Don’t forget that you’re a fantastic candidate for the job - it’s time to help the interviewer see that too!