Everything You Need to Know About Smashing Your Interview: Tips from the Mentoring Programme Workshop

4 min readMay 10, 2023

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but they don’t have to be. With some preparation and a positive attitude, you can impress your interviewers and land your dream job.

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Here are some tips to help you ace your interview:

1. Research the Company

Before the interview, take some time to research the company you’re applying to. Follow their LinkedIn page, read up on industry trends, and even look up people who work there. This will help you understand the company’s culture and values, which can be helpful when answering interview questions.

2. Consider if the Company Aligns With You

While it’s important to land a job, it’s equally important to work for a company that aligns with your values and career goals. Consider if the company is a good fit for you in terms of culture, career development, and work-life balance. This will help you build a long-term relationship with the company.

3. Read the Job Spec

Make sure you read the job spec carefully and understand the responsibilities and requirements of the role. This will help you align your skills and experiences to the job requirements and highlight your strengths during the interview.

4. Career Changing

If you’re looking to change your career path, it’s important to identify your transferable skills and see how they align with the job requirements. Research what the company is asking for and align your skills to showcase how you can add value to the role.

5. Talk About the Ways You’ve Put Yourself Out There

During the interview, it’s important to showcase your personal and professional growth. Highlight your involvement in the LMF mentoring programme or any other initiatives you’ve taken to enhance your skills. This shows your willingness to learn and grow, which can be attractive to employers.

6. LinkedIn is Your Friend

LinkedIn is a great platform to learn about the company’s culture, employees, and industry news. Use this to your advantage and ask questions during the interview that show you’ve done your research. It also helps to connect with current employees to learn more about their experiences and the company’s work culture.

7. Prepare Mock Interviews

Practising your interview skills is key to success. Tap into your network, colleagues, or mentors to practise mock interviews. This will help you identify areas of strength and gaps in your skills and encourage you to be yourself during the interview.

8. Think of Unsuccessful Interviews as a Practise Round

Only some interviews will result in a job offer. Use unsuccessful interviews as an opportunity to learn and grow. Ask for feedback from your interviewers and identify areas for improvement. This will help you improve your skills for future interviews.

In conclusion, with some preparation and a positive mindset, you can ace your interview and land your dream job. Research the company, align your skills with the job requirements, showcase your personal and professional growth, and practise mock interviews. Good luck!

This blog contribution was made by Eleonora Papini.

Eleonora has 3+ of experience in sustainable development and international cooperation with a background in Economic Development and International Cooperation with Finance.
Her background includes working as a Project Implementation Officer in a European project about urban sustainable development solutions to value the young and female entrepreneurship industry.

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