The UK is about to launch its version of the points-based immigration system in Australia. This means any foreign national will need to meet a list of requirements to be able to apply for a visa – and one of those is having a job offer that is considered a high-skilled job meeting a minimum salary requirement of £26,500 (some exceptions exist).
The changes are going to affect EU citizens more than Australian nationals because free movement is ceasing, and Australians have always needed to go through more stringent checks and criteria. However, that doesn’t detract from the importance of nailing a UK job interview when one comes along. Here are the best tips to do that and impress in a UK job interview.
How to find high-skilled jobs in the UK
Before you get a job interview in the UK, you need to be invited to one – and that means using the best jobs sites in the UK. Australians and all other nationalities will need to use a job site that operates in the UK, but one that also advertises jobs that are classed as high-skilled.
Jobrapido is a fantastic option because this is a site advertising jobs across all UK postcodes and because it frequently receives postings from employers in high-skilled fields. You can easily find jobs on Jobrapido in science, research, engineering and medical sectors.
Four top tips for a UK job interview
Once you have landed your invite to a UK job interview, here are some tips that will make a difference. Many of them can be used for in-person interviews as well as interviews over video calling software:
1. UK interview dress code
The interview etiquette is reasonably standard for a country in the west. It is usually expected to dress smart unless stated in the interview invitation. It is generally okay for you to reply and ask about the interview dress code if not mentioned at all – but don’t seek fashion advice!
The UK is not like its hugging and kissing European neighbours (although they probably do not do these things in interviews either). Your interviewee will expect a handshake, but also try not to invade personal space or make prolonged eye contact.
3. Common UK interview questions
UK questions usually centre around you rather than the company. They will try to understand why you want the job and your plans. They often ask you to evidence skill, so if you have said you are a leader in your cover letter, think of leadership examples and the end result before entering the interview room.
4. Ask questions
UK interviewers expect you to have questions at the end of the interview, and you will be allowed to ask them. Show your interest in the company or potential career progression to end on a good note.
The UK interviewing process does not differ too far from the Australian one. Nevertheless, keep these tips memorised to score well when the day comes around – and make your dream move to the UK become a reality.