We've all been there, we've all faced it.
You find yourself sitting in reception, so nervous you can hardly think straight. You have probably taken a day off work and told your employer you were going to the dentist. You may have been up at the crack of dawn and travelled hundreds of miles.
This interview is going to represent a major event for you and you're feeling as though you don't have a friend in the world. All things considered, you could be forgiven for feeling pretty sorry for yourself.
Without doubt the selection process is one of the most stressful things you will experience, not least because a major life change is likely to depend on the outcome. Within the selection process the interview is given great weight by both candidates and employers alike and will often form a central part of the procedure. But where does the selection interview fit into the wider selection procedure and how can you maximise your chances of success when faced with one?
Before you can begin your interview preparation you must have an understanding of why employers use interviews. Long before you arrive for interview the employer will have decided what exactly they want performance at interview to predict, usually job performance. Then they will have carried out a thorough analysis of the job in question to identify the key tasks involved in it and identified the personal attributes candidates will need in order to perform them.
The final stage in the process is to assess those attributes in the candidates which usually involves interviews but can also include psychometric tests, assessment centres and other methods.