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How to prepare for an interview

They say if you fail to plan, you should plan to fail and it’s just as true of a job application as it is of an expedition to climb Mount Everest.

Planning is not complicated, it just takes a bit of time. The time you invest in it will pay off in the long run.

By completing a well presented application form which contains information that supports your application in the most positive way, you will give yourself the best chance of getting that all-important interview.

Do your research

Throughout the application process, we will be looking for you to show awareness and evidence of the skills and qualities as described in the job description and person specification. You should therefore be able to demonstrate and highlight how you match these requirements.

The more you know about the job the more prepared you will be. Read the job description and person specification, understand the issues and keep yourself up to date with any current developments in the area you are applying to.

Completing your application form

Remember: first impressions count. The application form is a major opportunity to sell yourself. Before you complete the form, gather the things you’ll need:

  • full and accurate details of your university courses and exam results (if appropriate)
  • secondary education exam results
  • details of any work experience and employment you’ve had

Then, while completing the form, remember the following:

  • read and follow instructions carefully
  • proof read everything you write
  • check your grammar and spelling
  • be concise - you can elaborate at interview
  • don’t be vague or lie about your achievements - we will check your qualifications at interview
  • if you don’t tell us then we won’t know! We will not make any assumptions about you or your abilities - even if you already work for the council

Before your interview

Interviews can be nerve racking, but the more prepared you are the more relaxed you’ll feel. In getting ready for the day:

  • remind yourself of the things you’ve done that can help you demonstrate the skills and qualities we’ve listed
  • think about the questions you are likely to be asked, and what your responses could be
  • come up with questions you want to ask at the interview
  • it is important that you look clean and smart for your interview, but equally important that you feel comfortable. Make sure that your interview outfit is ready the night before
  • make sure you know how to get there - and how long it takes

The day of your interview

Lincolnshire County Council’s Behaviour Framework forms part of the overall strategy for achieving the Council’s Vision, Purpose and Values. It is a key building block that links our People Strategy and People Management policies together. The framework aims to enhance both individual and organisational performance; it is an integral part of recruitment, induction, learning and development and performance appraisal. The framework defines the effective core behaviours that all staff across the Council are expected to demonstrate in their day to day work regardless of their specific role.

The framework outlines the observable and measurable behaviours, attributes or qualities that we all display when we approach our work. The behaviour statements provide examples of HOW we need to perform our roles, rather than WHAT we need to deliver. These behaviours are found in the person specification.

In the interview you should be prepared to give evidence which shows that you have the behaviours needed for the job.  This can be done by giving and discussing appropriate examples of what you have done in the past and how you have dealt with or what you have learnt from certain situations. For the purposes of recruitment you will only be assessed against the behaviours which are marked as essential and desirable.

All interviews with us will be carried out by at least two people who have been trained in recruitment. The interviewers will take notes during the interview to enable them to remember what has been said and help them with the decision making process.

It is extremely important that you’re not late, so aim to get there in good time. If you are delayed, try to call ahead to warn us.

When you enter the interview

  • smile
  • engage in eye contact with your interviewer
  • sit up straight
  • try to relax

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Last updated: 18 August 2014

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