Interview Preparation

You don’t want to fall short at this stage and you can never do too much preparation before an interview, below are some top tip to get you on your way.

  • You’ve already researched the employer when you applied for the role, it’s now time to re visit your initial research and perhaps do a little more. Have another look at the job description make sure that you are clear on what the employer is looking for. Take this information to the interview with you along with a couple of copies of your CV one for you and a spare for the interviewer(s) you can read through everything whilst you’re waiting to be called.
  • Establish the best method of transport prior to the interview and have a dummy run to make sure you know exactly how to get there.
  • Check the weather forecast, if there’s a chance of rain take an umbrella you don’t want to arrive soaking wet.
  • Allow plenty of time for the journey to the interview and always get to the place of interview fifteen minutes early. You don’t want to put yourself on a back foot by arriving late and flustered. If you’re going to be late due to circumstances beyond your control then ring the employer and explain always have there number with you.
  • Keep your attire formal Men should wear a suit, shirt and tie and Women should wear a suit and blouse or skirt/pants and blouse and always polish your shoes. Never under estimate the importance of your appearance.
  • Get a good nights sleep and don’t go out on the town the night before
  • Draw up a list of questions you might want to ask at the interview, its your chance to interview them as much as they are interviewing you, see below some examples:

    1.  How long has the company been around?
    2.  How many people work within the company?
    3.  What are the company’s objectives in the next 12 – 24 months?
    4.  How does the position applied for fit in with those objectives?
    5.  How does the employer see the role developing?
    6.  What scope is there for career progression within the company?
    7.  Is there an opportunity to cross train and multi skill?
    8.  What training will be given?
    9.  What are you looking for in the successful candidate?
    10.  How has this vacancy come about?
    11.  What do you like about this company?

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

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