Do your research
It always pays to do your homework. Whoever you are being interviewed by they will expect you to have researched their company, the business area they operate in and the job you are being interviewed for. Interview preparation like this is a must if you want to stand out.
Where to look for company information
The majority of companies have websites with plenty of information but you may also get good information from relevant trade associations and their competitors’ websites. Added to this their social feeds may also give you more details on how they like to interact with their target audiences.
Why am I right for this role
As well as being prepared to talk about your CV you should be able to explain how you meet the requirements of the role. Your skill sets should match at least the basic requirements of the position. The more you have above that is where you will begin to shine during the interview.
Preparing for the interview questions
Listed below are some frequently asked questions, but you should also spend some time thinking about the questions you might be asked about your CV, your skills and your experience.
Typical Questions include:
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are the main responsibilities in your current role?
- What do you most enjoy about your current role?
- Do you enjoy working as an individual or part of a team?
- Can you describe a time when you’ve faced a difficult challenge and how you overcame it?
- What interested you in this position?
- What skills could you bring to this position?
- Why do you want to leave your current company and role?
- Do you have any questions for us?
Preparing your journey to the interview
It may seem obvious but make sure you know where you are going for the interview and how you will get there on time, particularly if travelling in the rush hour. Where possible a dummy run of the journey may help you get to know the route, find local parking and establish possible roadworks or delays that could hamper your journey. With any interview, punctuality is a must .
Always aim to arrive early by at least 30 minutes. The period before your interview if you arrive this early may give you time to calm yourself and compose your thoughts ready to make the best impression possible. Arriving late can often leave you stressed and not have your game plan ready when the questions start.
We all wish you the best possible luck in your interview, however, with all the right preparation you’ll make your own luck.