Interview tips from the community

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Last month, as part of our #CJ25Socks Christmas Campaign, we asked our community to share their top interview tips. And boy did they deliver! We received some amazing advice from a bunch of you; from those currently going through the interview process, right through to recruiters and career coaches. So for those who missed it, here’s a round-up of the top tips from our community that will help you ace your next interview.

Prepare well

Never risk winging it on the day! Showing industry knowledge and enthusiasm for the sector (particularly in the charity world) is often vital. Make sure you have an understanding of not just the job but the cause that the charity supports and why it’s meaningful to you.

 

Be nice to everyone you meet

Your interview starts the second you enter the door. Take the time to introduce yourself to the people that you meet and always be polite. It doesn’t matter whether you’re meeting a receptionist, CEO or a volunteer, everyone deserves to be treated well. Remember, you want to be memorable for all of the right reasons!

 

Don’t rush

It’s easy to say anything that pops into your head when there are questions being fired at you – but try and remember that it’s absolutely fine to ask for a minute and think carefully before answering. Recruiters would definitely prefer you to take your time and come up with a considered response over a garbled one.

 

Show your enthusiasm

If there was ever a good time to show your keen, it’s a job interview. It’s often easy to get anxious about remembering all our points and prepping for certain questions, that our passion for the role takes a back seat. Make sure to let yours shine through, arriving early will even help you with this by putting your mind at ease rather than rushing about last minute!

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    Please Take Me There

    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, East of England

    Up to £25.000 pro rata (20 hours per week, flexible, depending on experience)

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    Junior Fundraising Manager - employee number 1 - Please Take Me There (Up to £25.000 pro rata (20 hours per week, flexible, depending on experience), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, East of England)
  • Events Fundraising Officer - Pancreatic Cancer UK (Salary £25500 - £26264 per annum, Lambeth, London, Greater London)

    Pancreatic Cancer UK

    Lambeth, London, Greater London

    Salary £25500 - £26264 per annum

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    Events Fundraising Officer - Pancreatic Cancer UK (Salary £25500 - £26264 per annum, Lambeth, London, Greater London)
  • Community Engagement Coordinator - Doorstep Library Network (£25,000, Greater London)

    Doorstep Library Network

    Greater London

    £25,000

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    Community Engagement Coordinator - Doorstep Library Network (£25,000, Greater London)
  • Senior Policy and Communications Manager - National Literacy Trust (£40,000 – £42,000 per annum pro rata, Lambeth, London, Greater London)

    National Literacy Trust

    Lambeth, London, Greater London

    £40,000 – £42,000 per annum pro rata

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    Senior Policy and Communications Manager - National Literacy Trust (£40,000 – £42,000 per annum pro rata, Lambeth, London, Greater London)
  • Director of Enterprise & Communication - The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Starting salary £71k plus civil service pension and other benefits, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland)

    The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Starting salary £71k plus civil service pension and other benefits

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    Director of Enterprise & Communication - The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Starting salary £71k plus civil service pension and other benefits, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland)

Don’t get disheartened

The job process is tough, so it’s really important not to let it get you too down if you don’t make the cut this time. Learn from it and go again!

No rushing off

Never rush out of the interview room when they’ve finished up with all of their questions. Take a few minutes to ask any questions that you have, expand on points that you made previously and get to know the people in the room a little bit better. After all, you could end up working with them.

Follow up

Don’t be afraid to chase up a recruiter and ask how they felt you did. It’s not pestering! You spent time preparing and attending that interview so you’re perfectly within your right to ask for some feedback. You never know, even if you didn’t get it this time, they could have some tips for your next one.

 

 

Finish on a high

The moment an interviewer asks you if you have any questions for them is the perfect opportunity for you to dig a little deeper and see whether the company really is a good fit for you. But if those words fill you with dread, then you can always fall back on the question suggested above and know you’re on to a winner!

So there you have it – the top tips from our community! Do you have any you’d like to add? Comment below!

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