When it comes to an interview, you can never be too prepared.
Being selected for an interview is already a success – you have been chosen amongst many candidates, who applied for the position, so research and preparation is essential to for interview success.
To help you organise and plan ahead, we have come up with some useful tips to help you along the way and ensure your interview gets off to a great start.
- Do your research.
Find out as much as you can about the company – start few days before the interview. Go on their website, find out what sector they specialise in, have they recently completed any major projects?
Does the company have a page on social media? If yes, have a look at posts, feedback, reviews so you can see what the company and its employees are talking about.
Make notes, read them couple of times before the interview and memorise the information. This will help you to be more confident when talking about the knowledge you have of the company.
- Read the job advert:
Have a look at the job description again to refresh your memory. It is vital you explain why you think you would be suitable for the position and whether you match the qualification and skills required.
- Common Interview Questions:
Google some of the most common interview questions and write down some of your answers, this will ensure you are prepared and ready to answer. Common questions such as describing yourself, focus on positive points and skills which are relevant for the job. Don’t go into too much detail just a quick summery is enough. Ensure you write down your strengths for the role and any weaknesses, this is often an awkward question but think of positive ways to overcome these weaknesses to finish on a positive note.
Some other important points include:
Outfit – many companies still expect interviewees to dress smartly, so make sure your outfit is suitable.
Punctuality – make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview to avoid your stress level going up and giving the employer a bad impression.
After the interview – give the interviewer a firm handshake and thank for the time and opportunity to attend the interview.
As you can see interviews can be less stressful if you take time and effort to thoroughly prepare. If you have any further questions, please feel free to comment below or email us.