To register in person please bring the following:
• Passport / Birth Certificate or Home Office Documentation
• Recent Bill / Bank Statement (Proof of current Address)
• Curriculum Vitae
• 2 References
• Qualifications / Training Certificates
• Bank Details
• Current CRB Disclosure Check
What format is the interview?
Don’t be afraid to ring up and ask.
• How long will the interview last?
• Are there any presentations / group exercises?
• Do I need to prepare anything?
Find out who will be interviewing you and their position within the company. You may want to find out a bit about them before you meet.
Where is the interview?
Make sure you:
• Know how to get to the interview location and how long the journey takes
• Have maps, train times etc in advance
• Leave plenty of time so you are not rushing
• If you have a disability, check the physical access to the premises and indicate any additional support that you might require in the interview.
Health and Safety
Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return (you may want to leave an address and telephone number)
What to take?
• The interview letter, with the name(s) of the interviewer(s) and their address and phone number.
• A map of how to get there.
• A copy of your CV and/or application form.
• A note of the key points you want to make and any questions you want to ask.
• Money for a taxi in case you are running late.
• A number to call if you are running late but remember to switch your mobile off before going into the interview.
• A small bottle of water.
What to wear?
• Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the position for which you are being interviewed. Some companies have a much more relaxed approach to dress than others but, if in doubt, wear a suit.
• Ensure that you maintain good standards of personal hygiene but avoid using overpowering deodorants, aftershave or perfume.
• Your hair should be neat and tidy and your shoes and clothes clean.
• Dress appropriately. It is important that you look smart for your interview but equally important that you feel comfortable.
• make sure that your interview outfit is ready the night before, get a good nights sleep and set off in good time.
It is a good idea to avoid alcohol the night before an interview. Also smokers should avoid the temptation to have a cigarette on the way or whilst waiting for an interview. The smell will be noticeable immediately as you walk into the interview room.
It is important to think about how you might answer certain types of question. How will you provide evidence of certain qualities? If you are asked about being a team player, what evidence will you use to show this? Make sure you cover the five areas below in your mental preparation.
Knowledge about yourself
It is important to remind yourself of the messages you have conveyed through your CV/application form and be prepared to discuss anything you have included. Read through your application and imagine you are the interviewer. What questions would you ask in their position? Make sure you can give at least one positive example (preferably more) for each of the skills and attributes the employer is seeking.
Ask yourself these questions:
• Why do I want this job?
• Why should this organisation select me?
• What are my ambitions?
• What are my strengths and weaknesses?
• What skills have I gained from my work-related and extracurricular activities?
Knowledge about the job itself
It is important that you know as much as possible about the job you are applying for. You do not need to know exactly what you would be doing but an understanding of the types of activities you would be involved in will help. Refer to the job advertisement, job description or person specification which you should have obtained from the employer.
• What does the job involve?
• What skills will I need?
• What examples can I give from work, academic study or outside interests to show I have the skills the employer is seeking?
Prepare your answers but avoid sounding as if you have rehearsed them. Then prepare your attitude: enthusiasm, a positive outlook and honesty are always the best policies. Prepare your questions to ask the interviewer as this is your chance to find out more and we are happy for you to bring written or prepared questions if that helps you. Of course, we really want to understand you and what makes you different, so please be yourself!
Knowledge about the organisation
Preparation is the key – the internet means there is no excuse for not knowing about the company, its products and services. Memorising the years financial performance is not necessary bit it is important to read recent information about the organisation and to be aware of its competitors. Have a look at their website.
Questions to ask yourself
• What do I know about this organisation?
• What attracts me to this organisation?
• What relevant work experience do i have?
Create your CV tips
The Chronological CV
This is the most familiar format, outlining your experiences in reverse chronological order with sections for education, training and experience. Its easy to organise and demonstrates how you’ve progressed over time. Click here to have a look at a sample CV.
Please follow the link here (Working in the UK) to the Home office page which gives you all the information regarding who needs to register for the Workers Registration Scheme, you can also download the forms along with all the supporting notes in various languages.
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