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Tagged In:  Criminal Justice

It is 24 hours away until your criminal justice job interview and a mixture of nerves and excitement are starting to set in. It’s easy to let some of the more obvious preparations slip through the net, and so we’ve pulled together a few pointers!

Plan your travel

Your interview might well be at a location you are familiar with, but if it’s not, you’ll want to know how long it’s going to take you to get there.  There are many sites that’ll give you an ETA, but the ‘Plan my route’ function on Google Maps is particularly good. Its colour-coded system will tell you where there is congestion during your journey. It also takes into account planned road closures. 

If you can, it’s a great idea to take a test-run the day before to see how long it will take you, keeping in mind you’ll want to arrive in plenty of time for your interview. 

Many of our clients have visitor parking spaces, but what if they are full on the day? It’s worth knowing where the closest public car park is. Again, you can use Google Maps to identify these. 

Last minute prep

Review the questions you think you’re likely to be asked, and the responses you’ve already planned - download and print out our criminal justice interview preparation tool where you can write down your answers. 

You’ll want to feel comfortable with your responses although try not to memorise them. With questions fresh in your mind, you could ask somebody else to run through a mock-interview with you. Have your ‘interviewer’ give you constructive feedback – not just on what you say but on your nonverbal communication as well. 

Remind yourself of your professional history and how it relates to the role; especially if you have experience within a specific area of rehabilitation that sets you apart from other interviewees. 

Be prepared for behavioural interview questions too. The rationale for this type of question is that knowing how you performed in the past will help give the employer a sense of how you might perform in the future.  You might be asked to recall a time when you worked under increased pressure, an occasion where you made a mistake, or how you handle conflict? All extremely valid questions for a role in offender health, substance misuse, youth offending or probation (check out our blog on how to provide stand-out answers at interview). 

Choose your outfit

You’ll want to avoid being caught in two minds over wardrobe choices on the day, so pick out what you’re going to wear the day before. Employers will expect you to dress smartly. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean a formal suit, you should wear something that reflects your level of professionalism. 

Whatever you select, you’ll want to make sure what you’ve chosen hasn’t been snagged or doesn’t need ironing otherwise you’ll be adding to your list of things to do before setting off.

What to take on the day

What you will need to take on the day of your interview will vary depending on the role you’re being interviewed for. Your dedicated Sanctuary consultant will advise you on what you must take along with you for interview, but generally you should take:

  • Passport/Driving License 
  • 2 Proofs of Address - must be dated within the last 2 months and be a utility bill (gas, water, electric) and/or bank statement. We can also accept council tax bills dated within the last year
  • Current DBS – if you have one 
  • National Insurance – your NI card or a payslip with it on
  • Qualifications  - If applicable
  • Immunisations – If applicable
  • Mandatory/Basic life support certificates – if applicable 

You might also wish to take a pen and notepad and bottle of water and don’t forget to make a mental note of the person you must ask for upon arrival. 

Enjoy your interview

Now you can relax; enjoy the interview and sharing your achievements – remember you're already on the shortlist, making you a suitable candidate for the role. 

For more information on how to successfully prepare for your interview, visit our Career Centre or speak with your dedicated Sanctuary consultant. 

Good luck!

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