Proper preparation is vital to a successful interview and will make the difference between success and failure. Our consultants will help you prepare for specific job opportunities but key points include:
- You must visit the company website and review it thoroughly.
- Research the company on the internet – enter their name in search engines, look at employee profiles on linked in, check if there are videos on YouTube etc. Companies expect you to have a good knowledge of their business – they want to hire people that are interested and committed to working in their organisation – good background knowledge will help you convey this.
- Telephone the potential employer and ask for any company literature that may be available.
- Make sure you have been given a copy of the job description if there is one – there isn’t always. Learn it and make sure you can link your relevant experience to the requirements of the new role.
- Ensure you are completely familiar with your own CV – be clear on the dates of each period of employment and so on.
- Ensure you can give examples to back up the skills you have listed on your CV – you will be asked.
- Be prepared to explain any gaps in your employment history – be honest but be positive
- List your strengths and weaknesses – interviewers often ask for them. When discussing a weakness try and select something that is not due to a personal failure and that could be remedied given the opportunity.
- Know the interview format – who will conduct the interview, what are their job titles, will it be a formal interview following a set pattern with set questions or will it be more conversational in style.
- Confirm the location and if necessary go and visit it prior to the interview to ensure you will not have problems on the actual day (arriving late for an interview is unacceptable)
Interviews can be nerve wracking but being as well prepared as possible can help a great deal. Finally, remember it is a two way process and it is equally important you find out what you need to know about them as an employer – ask questions.