Tutor Icon  Request A Tutor

Top Ten Interview Tips

Top Ten Interview Tips

Whether it’s for your first job, dream university, internship or later career move, doing well in an interview is an important part of personal advancement. Just as some people are naturally gifted at sport, some people naturally interview well, but everyone can improve their skills through preparation and practice. No matter how talented a football player is, he or she wouldn’t perform well on the pitch without understanding the rules of the game and doing drills and exercises. Below are ten tips to help you understand what’s expected of you, and to perform your best under pressure:

Do your homework
The best way for an interviewer to see how excited you are about the opportunity is to be knowledgeable about the position you are interviewing for and the institution it’s with. This is also the time to think of specific questions you could ask your interviewer, which shows you have done your research and prepared thoughtfully.
Visualise the ideal candidate
Once you’ve researched the institution and position you will be interviewing for, build a profile of the ideal candidate. For Oxford admission interviews, this is likely a student with excellent academic results who has shown extraordinary commitment to a subject area or cause. How can you highlight your achievements and demonstrate your passion? Understanding what a successful candidate looks like can help you fit your skills and experience into a narrative that matches what the interviewer is looking for.
Build a compelling story
Storytelling is a powerful technique that helps interviewers remember your achievements and recount them to others. Rather than listing individual parts of your transcripts or CV, add colourful background details to engage the interviewer. Everyone loves an underdog, so try building your story around how you overcame obstacles to become a strong candidate for the position.
Practise with a friend
The old adage is right, practice does make perfect! Enlist a friend to help you refine your story and answer questions coherently. Each time you go through this process, you will likely find new ways of making your story better. Your friend can provide feedback on your performance, which can be used to improve your delivery.
Have a strategy for remaining calm
Interviews are a stressful time for most people, but remaining calm and poised is important for making a good impression. Common relaxation techniques, such as slowing your breath or visualising a tranquil place, can be used before you head into the interview. If there are specific things you know stress you out, be sure to think of ways to avoid them before you arrive.
Dress appropriately
First impressions matter. The best way to make a good first impression is to be appropriately dressed. If you are unsure about what to wear, it’s always better to err on the side of too formal.
Arrive early
Showing up late to interviews seriously hurts your chances of getting the position.
If you are a habitually tardy person, the best way to deal with lateness is to imagine the interview starts 15 minutes earlier than it does. Once you get there, you can use the extra time to practise your calming techniques and mentally rehearse your story. Rushing into an interview just in time is likely to make you more stressed and dishevelled when you arrive.
Remember to be personable
Likability is an important part of the interview process. If an interviewer gets along well with you, he or she will be much more likely to recommend you. The stress of interviewing can make many people nervous and awkward, but reminding yourself to smile, thinking up a few bits of small talk and asking the interviewer questions about his or her experiences are all great ways to improve your likeability. Studies have shown that people like others who seem similar to them, so finding interests you and your interviewer have in common can also help your chances.
Follow up with a thank you email
Although it may seem old-fashioned, sending a short e-mail to your interviewer thanking him or her for their time leaves a good impression. Adding a personal comment about something you talked about in the interview is also a nice touch.
Don’t get discouraged
Not every person can be offered every job or placement, and even the most qualified candidates experience rejection. The final and most important tip is not to be discouraged if an interview goes badly or you don’t get the place. Every interview you have can be a valuable learning experience if you can look back on it and think of ways you could improve next time. There are so many paths to success in life that one closed door will not determine your future; learning to handle rejection and how to search for new opportunities are crucial skills for long-term success.


Melodie Argi
Melodie Argi
08:14 18 Oct 19
Tavistock tutors is by far the best tutor agency is London. The tutor selection is of the highest quality. Handpicked from the British intellectual elite in all sorts of disciplines. The staff is wonderfully helpful as well as being extremely attentive to feedback.read more
Henry Smith
Henry Smith
22:27 17 Oct 19
I have been employed as a tutor with Tavistock Tutors for over 5 years. I tutor mathematics and also help people with job preparation for different career routes (cv, cover letter, interview preparation and online test prep). They are simply a wonderful team of individuals who work collectively and strive to deliver the best possible service to both clients and their tutors. They work doggedly to achieve results. They are particularly honest and their feedback to tutors on how to improve is tailored, concise and always highly constructive. Even after 5 yrs, they only put me forward as a tutor if they think I am the absolute best they can find otherwise they are honest with me and explain why I was not put forward. I think this transparency is a huge reason for their success and keeps the best tutors on their books for years. Their communication on what a client wants is also clinically precise and effective and the team go out of their way to provide potential interests/passions of the client to help the tutor prepare accordingly for the lessons and nurture that interaction. Simply the finest agency and I have tutored with some of the best. World-class tutors and utmost confidentiality with respect to their clientele. I cannot be happier to work for them, a dream job with a team whose capacity for kindness, empathy and boundless intellect never ceases to amaze me. Their work ethic inspires me to relentlessly push myself to be a better tutor with their encouragement and constructive feedback.read more
Albert Tam
Albert Tam
20:50 17 Oct 19
Best tutors in London! Great experience and amazing customer service. Highly recommend, my tutors were all fantastic and a huge help. Really recommend Tavistock Tutors as I never had to worry about not getting the highest quality tutors unlike other agencies and online tutors.read more
16:13 17 Oct 19
I’ve used Tavistock multiple times and they never disappoint! I used them for myself secondary school, whilst at university and even now whilst working. Their service is second to none as are their tutors. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to better themselves academically or personally.read more
13:22 06 Oct 19
Why most reviewers have one contribution, namely to the Tavistock Tutors? High standards ? Mate get a real job rather than living off other's qualifications. Reality Check (See photos attached - that is the owner “looking for me” 1.5 years after leaving London and while my name and photo was on first page of Tavistock Tutor website...)read more
Jonathan Aaron
Jonathan Aaron
16:39 01 Aug 19
Amazing experience, the tutor was reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced and the company was both professional and reliable. Definitely will be using them again!read more
David T
David T
16:34 01 Aug 19
I used Tavistock for some Corporate Finance and Financial Modelling training at my firm. They were extremely helpful and the trainer, Simon, was of top quality, experience and charged a fair price. Thank you!read more
Olivia Pluss
Olivia Pluss
11:05 13 Jun 19
I had a fantastic experience with my tutor Elena and Tavistock Tutors. They were very well organized and made the entire experience so seamless and easy for me. I passed my assignment with great marks and the experience was much less stressful than if I had tried to complete the assignment without Elena's help.read more
J Mathews
J Mathews
11:27 22 May 19
My child used Glenda for HL biology. Glenda was outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend her. Extremely intelligent, always prepared, knows how to teach/very helpful, and also just a nice person. Also, I would use Tavistock again for sure because we had such success with Glenda.read more
Alan Radford
Alan Radford
09:34 09 May 19
Tavistock Tutors were a delight to deal with, and highly professional at all times. They provided my daughter with an excellent tutor at very short notice - after my having approached them on a Thursday urgently requesting a tutor for that weekend. Tavistock Tutors immediately gave the matter their attention; they appreciated the urgency and responded quickly and efficiently, and helped to set my daughter up with exactly the right sort of tutor. Fantastic!read more
Sophie Taieb
Sophie Taieb
12:55 29 Mar 19
Very happy with Tavistock tutors services. They provide a wide range of tutors, from all backgrounds and for all types of needs. My uni son needed some help in research and methodology. We found a perfectly suited tutor in less than 3 days. He is very knowledgeable, punctual, open minded and brings the support needed to my son. I would definitely recommend Tavistock tutorsread more
Next Reviews

How to memorise quotes – (great for closed book exams!)

Memorising quotes can be a crucial element to your GCSE and A-level exams, so mastering the skill can be essential. Being able to use quotes in your written responses is a sure way to get marks fo...

How to choose quotes to learn for English GCSE

We know that learning quotes for a closed-book exam can be daunting, difficult and boring – especially when you’ve already been studying the text for an entire year. In our article ‘Do I need ...

Do I need to memorise quotes for English GCSE?

With the new GCSE specifications released in 2015, most English Literature GCSE exams have now become closed-book exams.

But what does this mean?

This means that in your exam, you won...

Call Now Button