Don’t worry about nerves… It’s completely normal to be nervous in an interview. Employers will be used to it and most will try to put you at ease. Focus on answering the questions clearly and demonstrating your skills. You deserve to have reached this stage. So take some reassurance from this and feel confident in how you present yourself.
Top tips for success in preparing for an interview
Know the employer: Research the company through their website or the Hinkley Point C (HPC) web pages. There’s lots of useful information on Young HPC and EDF’s website. Also, take a look at Start Profile and watch some of the films on YouTube to get an idea of what it’s like to work at HPC. Get a good feel for the contractor’s values, what it does and identify the things you have in common (e.g. charity causes).
Know the job: Know exactly what role you’re applying for – and why you want to work in this industry. Also, consider where the job could take you. And what you expect to enjoy most about the role. Read the job description closely, as this will contain all the details. There’s no point in applying to be a Digital Engineer Apprenticeship, for example, if you prefer to work outdoors in a hands-on role! You might also want to keep up to date with the relevant news in your industry, just in case your interviewer asks your opinions on any topical news stories.
Know yourself: Consider how your training, skills or experience will help you meet or exceed the requirements of the role. See our skills and behaviours section if you need more help on identifying your skillset. And think of examples to demonstrate how you’ve shown key skills and behaviours, like problem solving and resilience.
Practice makes perfect
Now you’ve done your research and planned how to answer common interview questions, practise doing it!
Ask a family member or friend to help you out. And try to take it seriously. It’ll flag up any areas that you might not be as confident in talking about. They might also have suggestions for how to improve your techniques. For more tips, take a look at our interview techniques page.
What happens afterwards?
Hopefully it went well and you feel confident you gave it your best shot. The interviewer will give you an idea of when they’ll make their final selection by. So pay attention and don’t be shy to ask about this at the end of the interview, if they don’t volunteer the information.
It’s always a good idea to email the employer afterwards to thank them for their time. Make sure you send anything – like an example of work – that you promised to share after the interview. And don’t be hesitant to ask any questions you forgot to ask on the day.
Treat the process as an ongoing learning experience
- Could you have performed better in any areas?
- Were you asked any questions you hadn’t anticipated?
- Did you get a positive response to your answers?
Read more in our guide to online interviews and interview techniques section.