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Interview survival pack

What to take to your interview, how to dress and what to expect afterwards.

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Written by Stevie McIntyre
Updated over a week ago

What to take:

Ensure you have everything you need, such as:

  • Pen and notebook

  • Your CV and interview invitation

  • Your academic certificates and work examples if requested

  • Photo ID

  • Breath mints or gum

  • A bottle of water

  • Money for transport and food.

What to wear:

Many employers expect candidates to dress smartly. If you're unsure of the dress code, ask before attending the interview. The key point to remember is that it's much better to be too smart than too casual. Only opt for a more casual outfit if you're absolutely certain that's acceptable - if there's any doubt, always go for smart business attire.

Whatever you choose, make sure that your clothes are ironed and your shoes are clean.

What to expect after the interview:

As your job interview comes to an end, make sure you find out when you'll be informed of the outcome - and thank the interviewer for giving you the chance to attend. Make some notes about the questions that were asked and how you answered them while the interview is still fresh in your memory. This will help you prepare even better for any future interviews.

There are three potential outcomes:

  • Success - If you're offered the job, make sure it's right for you by discussing it with friends and family, and double-check details such as the salary before deciding whether to accept.

  • Rejection - If you're unsuccessful, don't be too downhearted. Employers receive large numbers of applications for every role. Be sure to email the company to thank them for the opportunity and request feedback from your interview so that you can improve your performance next time.

  • Further steps - Interviews are typically the final stage in the application process, but if the employer has not been able to make a decision you may be asked back for a second interview.

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