Preparation is the key

The "3 Ps": preparation, preparation, and preparation

  • Prepare beforehand and you will look and feel more confident
  • Research the organisation: history, structure, purpose and goals
  • Research the job: duties, context and what the employer would view as the perfect candidate. Knowing what employers will want to hear is a great reference point for preparing your answers
  • Be familiar with your application: many employers will use an interview to explore your resume and response to the selection criteria further
  • Conduct practice or mock interviews: practise answering questions out loud with a partner or use our online practice app

Expert tip

To increase your confidence, imagine yourself succeeding. Remember you have successfully completed your degree and gained lots of skills through your placements.

Preparation is the Key to a successful interview.

Preparation is the key

The 4th "P": Pre-empt possible questions and prepare examples

Each time they ask you to talk about a skills area, selectors want to hear what you have done that proves you have the skill and can apply it. They don't want theory, they want examples.

So a crucial part of your preparation for an interview is to draw up your own list of what you think the selectors will want and examples of how you have demonstrated those skills in the past.

These are the top skills that employers value in their staff:

Preparation is the key

Draw your examples from different areas of your life:

Work experience, Part-time or voluntary work, Academic study, Student life, Sport

Prepare a couple of thoughtful questions to ask the interview panel. 

Watch this video for some ideas

Write some questions of your own

  • Can you tell me which department a Graduate Nurse is likely to work in?
  • Are there opportunities for further training or professional development?
  • When can I expect to hear the outcome of this interview?
  • When would you expect the successful applicant to start?