Jackie Crook, our skills and work manager, runs employability training sessions in the community in partnership with the other housing providers and contractors. Whether you’re looking for work, need help with money management or want some advice on health matters, the job club is here to help.

While its aim is to help people into work, it is so much more than just a job club.

Jackie has been a part of the club co-ordination project since it began in 2016. She said: “The project has been a huge success story for Salford, transforming the lives of local people, and proving just what can be achieved when partners work together."

“In addition to helping people with job searching, interview techniques and CV writing, the club can signpost you to counselling and financial support.”

“It also supports people with their computer skills which is vital in the digital world we live in.”

We asked Jackie to share her five top tips for anyone who may be preparing for a new job interview.

Jackie’s five top tips for anyone who may be preparing for a new job interview

1. Do your research

Make sure to read through your CV and the job specification in detail a head of your interview. Pick out the main requirements of the role and prepare real-life examples that clearly show how your experience and skills match them.

2. Make a great first impression

Get ready the night before including checking transport, timings and what you will wear. Arriving to the interview ten minutes early makes a great first impression, so make sure you’re not in a rush to get there. If the interview is online, make sure you try out the link in advance. Make sure you dress appropriately; smart trousers or skirt, shirt or blouse and shoes (not trainers). Wear a tie (you can always remove it if you feel over dressed when you arrive). The Job Club can help with interview clothing. First impressions really count!

3. Practice beforehand

We would recommend you come in to the job club for a mock interview beforehand. We can base the interview on the specific job specification to make sure the questions are relevant for you. This would be especially useful if it’s your first job interview. We can help you to sell your strengths and show how they will make you the best candidate for the role.

4. Keep regular eye contact

During the interview make sure you keep regular eye contact and be conscious of your body language. Sit up straight, avoid fidgeting and most importantly - remember to smile. Bear in mind that as soon as you walk into the building you’ll begin to be judged on your behaviour, so make sure you’re polite to everyone you meet.

5. Be prepared

It’s always best to think of the type of questions you may be asked during the interview. Write down how you would answer them, so that the interviewer knows you’re prepared. However, don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat a question if you didn’t quite hear it, or if you just need a little more time to think of your answer. It’s important to take your time when answering the questions.

Jackie Crook


Sutton Community Centre, Doveridge Gardens, M6 7LY

Salford Lifestyle Centre, Camp St, M7 1ZT

Broughton Trust, The Humphrey Centre, Heath Ave, M7 1NY

Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool St, M6 5QQ

The Angel Centre, 1 Philips Place, M3 6FA

Pendleton Gateway, 1 Broadwalk, M6 5FX

Pendleton Together Housing, Brotherton House, Loganberry Ave, M6 5UX

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Do you need support with job and work placement searching, training or CV writing?

Contact jackie.crook@ or call 0800 218 2000