When applying for the job, you may be asked to provide a CV (curriculum vitae – a written overview of your skills, experience and qualifications) or fill in an application form, so that the individual employer can find out more about you and your experience. If all goes well, you should be invited to an interview, so that they can meet you and get to know you better.

The interview may be very informal and could be held at a different location to where you’ll be actually working. During the interview remember to be yourself, talk about relevant experience and qualities and be prepared to ask questions. The National Careers Service has interview hints and tips on their website. After the interview you should be contacted to let you know if you were successful or not. If you haven’t heard anything after a few weeks, contact the person who interviewed you. If you weren’t successful, you may want to ask for feedback to help you with future interviews. If you’re successful, you should then agree a start date, and you may be provided with an employment contract, so that you can be sure of what the job involves.

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