Interview preparation coaching vital to young job seekersJune 11, 2014
A poll out on the 11th April from ICM Research has shown that providing with opportunities to develop interview skills and work experience could secure employment for thousands more young people.
The results of the poll show that 74% of employers would be more likely to recruit a young person/school leaver if they have prepared for an interview.
Matthew Hancock, Skills and enterprise minister stated:
‘Creating more opportunities for young people to gain experience and confidence is crucial if we want to help them secure employment.’
With a fifth of SME’s (20%) and 37% of large companies planning to take on one or more apprentices within the next year, it is now more important than ever to make sure that young people have the opportunities to develop good interviewing techniques and strong preparation is essential to being successful during the application process.
Here are some hints and tips about interview preparation which we think are handy for anyone looking for employment:
- Research – Both the organisation and the role, you need to make sure that you are aware of the expectations of the role and the background of the company. The job description and the company website are the best place to find this information.
- Look over your CV and take note of any experience, strengths and interests which will fit well with the job and the company you are being interviewed for.
- Think about the type of questions that you may be asked and then prepare answers for these questions.
- Arrive on time or early.
- Plan the day of your interview – Make sure you know when and where the interview is going to take place, how you are going to get to the interview and how long it will take you to get there. Take into account traffic and public transport timetables. Make sure you have a postcode or directions to the location of the interview as well as a contact number just in case you are finding it difficult to find the location of the interview.
- Dress smartly – Plan your outfit the day before, make sure that you are smart and well presented. Try to keep make up and jewellery to a minimum.
- Speak clearly and confidently – Do not use slang or swear words during the interview.
- Turn off you mobile phone.
- Sit up and listen to the employer – Slouching and seeming disinterested will greatly hinder your chances.
- Think of some questions to ask the interviewer- But avoid questions about salary and the benefits; use this to find out more about the role and the organisation.
- Take your time and sell yourself- Do not rush into answering something as you may miss including something which could be beneficial. Be positive about yourself, experience and skills
For more hints and tips on interview preparation and further information on the statistics mentioned please follow the links below:
Remit Interview Tips
National Careers Service
Apprenticeships – Interview preparation coaching vital for young job seekers
ICM Research – More than half of employer have hired young or school leavers
ICM Research – A fifth of SMEs plan to take apprentices in the next year
Ashdown Group – Young people more employable with work experience