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Tips for Students – Interview

Tips for Students – Interview

Are you looking for work? Or will you soon have an interview but you’re not sure how to prepare? You’re in the right place!

In today’s blog, I am going to talk about tips to better prepare for your interview.

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• Do research about the company

It’s important to at least have some idea of the company for which you’re having an interview. For example, the easiest way is to go on their website, have a look at the ‘About Us’ page, and if you are applying for hospitality/chef roles, you may also look at their menus etc. Besides the company’s own website, you may also look for any news and blogs regarding the company and the position you’re applying for.

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CV, Pen and Notebook

Although usually, the company would have read your CV before inviting you to an interview, it’s always good to bring a copy of your CV with you to the interview just in case. Especially if you are interviewing with a big company, and they might have many candidates to go through in a day so they may not remember everything about the interviewee. Moreover, you may also consider bringing a pen and a notebook with you so that you can drop down anything when needed.

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• Practice Common Interview Questions

There are a lot of common interview questions online that your employer might ask, and it’s always good to think about those questions beforehand so you don’t have to panic during the interview. For example, ‘Why do you want to work for this company?’ ‘Why do you think you’re suitable for this role?’ ‘Tell me about yourself.’ ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’.

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• Questions

Usually, at the end of the interview, the employer would ask you: ‘Do you have any questions?’ Please don’t remain silent or say that you have no questions, there must be something that you don’t know yet, no matter if it’s about the position, the company, progression opportunities etc.  Prepare some questions in advance to ask the employer. Not only does it show that you’re interested in the role, but you can also get a deeper understanding of whether you suit the position and company.

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• Interview Techniques

hired@UCB can help you with interview techniques, teaching you the skills needed to better prepare for your interview. In addition, you must all be aware that many lecturers at University College Birmingham are professionals in their industry and they have many years of experience from before they joined the University. It is also a good idea to ask your lecturer for any industry-specific tips and perhaps any particular things that help you to stand out from other candidates.

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Good luck with your interview!

See you next week~

Hoi Yan



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