Education Eye: My A-Z guide for how to cope with interviews...

Here’s my A-Z of useful tips for university or job interview.

Catherine Stoker

Answer concisely giving your opinion and also why you think that way.

Body language- good posture shows you are interested and enthusiastic.

Communicate confidently without arrogance.

Dress smartly and appropriately for the potential job environment.

Eye contact with the interviewer is crucial.

Face should be clean-shaven or trim ‘designer stubble’ to give the impression you take time over your appearance.

Give examples which show you have relevant knowledge or experience.

Hand shake should be firm not vice-like or droopy.

Invitation letter should be read carefully to check if you need to bring or prepare anything in advance and arrive on time.

Join proactively in discussion stating considered opinions, whilst also listening to others.

Know your strengths and weaknesses and be prepared to discuss both.

Listen to questions without interrupting so your answers are accurate and to the point.

Mock interviews are a good way to practice interview skills and techniques in advance.

Never criticise a current employer or those in authority – show diplomacy and discretion.

Opinions should be honest but not too extreme.

Pause before answering, it helps with nerves and allows thinking time.

Questions at the end of the interview are your chance to show knowledge and commitment.

Prepare in advance and be prepared to discuss.

Research the company, school or course and the interviewer beforehand to appear knowledgeable and interested.

Smile often.

Think before you speak.

Undertake a review of your skills and experience as relevant to your application.

Voice should be pitched at the right level to show a positive attitude.

Waffle should be avoided at all costs

X-factor-do you have it and why?

You are what is important - be yourself and relax.

Zealous enthusiasm for new challenges leaves a lasting impression.