5 Ways to Prepare for an Interview

  1. Do your research!

Make sure you have researched into the organisation and fully understand the job role you are applying for. This will prepare you for any potential questions you may be asked, meaning you can anticipate the best answers for the interview.

  1. Practice makes perfect!

Practice with a friend and carry out a mock interview. Get your friend to ask you challenging questions you are likely to be asked. This will help you overcome any nerves for the actual day.

  1. Ask questions!

Beforehand, prepare some questions for the interviewer. This will make you look organised and interested in the job you are applying too.

  1. Be early and dress appropriately!

Make sure you aim to be early as you never know what might happen on your way to the interview! This also shows you are keen and organised. Dress accordingly for the interview, make sure you look smart and presentable as this is their first impression of you when you go into the interview room.

  1. Relax and be yourself!

Try to be calm and relaxed for the interview and most of all just be yourself. At the end of the day, they are hiring you for who you are, so show them what you can do!



Top Three Tips On Going Out On Placement


  1. Get Involved

Whilst out on placement don’t be scared to get involved and ask lots of questions. Asking questions can be intimidating at first but at the end of the day you’re there to learn, no one expects you to know all the answers straight away! Following this, networking should be at the top of anyone’s list as social media is on the rise. You should make sure your profiles are up to date and look professional, this will allow you to connect with your contacts to keep the relationship going.


  1. Be Organised

By being organised your mentor will be prepared to give you a more varied workload and trust you with more responsibilities. They will feel reassured that you are carrying out all your tasks correctly and are likely to give you space to carry out things your way. I like being organised so I can plan out what needs to be done and for when, which helps me be efficient in order to meet deadlines.



  1. Keep a placement diary

Depending how long your placement is you’re likely to forget what opportunities, personal achievements and challenges you came across. A diary is the best way to keep track of everything, just write a few sentences each day so you can easily reflect back. This will be beneficial for when you come to add things onto your CV or contact details of people you met.


What do you think are the most important tips about going out on placement?
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Solent holds Meet the Professionals event in the new Spark building

On Monday 30th January,​ the school of Business, Law and Communications came together to hold the Meet the Professionals event, in the new Spark building. Over 30 professionals attended from a variety of businesses including Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising sectors. The evening began with three insightful presentations from Digital Marketing agency Koozai, Solent alumni Sally Newman was the first to take the stage, speaking on the importance of work experience. Next to talk was Sophie Howell who explained the world of social advertising before handing over to Jen Williams gave her top tips on creating a CV and discussed the wonderful world of content marketing.

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