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Interview tips

Coronavirus update

Subject to the ongoing situation, it's essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager.

Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.

We would welcome applications especially for our most critical roles to ensure we're supporting our residents

We understand that interviews can be a daunting experience for some, and we want to make them as comfortable as possible for our candidates. If you are approaching your first interview or just looking for a refresher, the guidance below should help.

Do your research

Depending on the job role and area you'll be working in, it may be a good idea to research and see what the service has done historically and what their future goals may be. This will give you an understanding of how the team works and the behaviours they promote, and also helps you identify what you can bring to job.

We recommend you do our values quiz to understand more about Surrey's values and behaviours.

Plan your journey

There's nothing worse than feeling rushed on the morning of your interview and adding extra pressure to your day. Where is the location? How long will it take you to get there? Are you likely to be affected by traffic? It may sound like a lot of things to consider, however if you think these through you won't run the risk of being late or feeling panicked. Why not join our virtual tour to see our main office locations?

Wear appropriate clothing

It's true what they say - first impressions do count - and when it comes to interview, you want to come across as smart and professional. Pick your outfit out before the day to ensure you're not rushing in the morning. Also remember to wear something comfortable - that way, you will be able to just focus on the interview itself.

Be as organised as possible

You will need to bring along some documents such as a passport with you to your interview, so ensure these are gathered before the day and organised in a folder or something similar. Having your documents ready for the manager to verify will make the interview process smoother.

Think about the questions you may be asked, but don't rehearse!

You cannot guarantee exactly what questions will be asked, so if you rehearse your answers and are asked something slightly different your answer won't come across as well as you hoped. Write down some general questions that may come up, based on the job description and your application, and then put some key notes down on paper to help you remember what you want to include. This will help your answers to be structured and fluent.