Great work! You’ve applied for a role and received an invitation for an interview which is an achievement in itself. It means that they’ve read your CV, you meet their requirements for the role and they are keen to meet you.
Now you need to deliver during the interview and preparation is key so I’ve come up with five top tips to help you prepare for the interview!
1. Research the company
Read up on the company and make notes on what you find.
Prepare a summary and practice explaining the company to someone else, this will determine if you know enough!
- What is their core business?
- What are their values?
- Who are their clients?
- Where are they located?
- Do they have multiple offices?
2. Analyse the job description
If you haven’t received a job description when you applied for the job, ask for one and make notes on it to prepare for the interview. The job description is an advert for the ideal candidate which basically tells you what they are looking for and therefore, what you need to be in order to be successful.
Pay particular attention to the words they use in the job description and analyse what the words mean:
‘Great attention to detail’ – This candidate would need to have a very keen eye for accuracy, patience in order to spend time on the detail and a long attention span.
‘Works well under pressure’ – This candidate would need to be dynamic and flexible in order to meet the demands of a pressured environment.
‘Works well in a team’ – This candidate would need to have strong communication skills and a positive attitude to working with others.
Once you have analysed the job description, prepare some statements that you can use during the interview referring to areas of the job description.
3. Think of questions
Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview. When a candidate asks questions during the interview it shows eagerness to understand more about the role.
I would prepare a minimum of five questions just in case they answer some of them during the interview.
A few examples are listed below:
- What would a typical day entail?
- What is the culture like?
- What is the size of the team that I would be working in?
- What is it about the company that you love?
- Are there any opportunities for career development?
4. Research the interviewer(s)
If the company provides the names of who will be interviewing you, find their LinkedIn profile or biography on the company website.
- What is their role?
- What is their level?
- How long have they been at the company?
- Do they have any hobbies or interests?
The more you know about the interviewer the better prepared you will be. It means you can talk about specific points that you know they can relate to or use words that they have used in their biography. This will help to build a rapport with the interviewer.
Don’t feel as though you need to mention that you’ve done research on them as this can be interpreted in the wrong way.
5. Get an early night before the interview
Trust yourself that you have done enough preparation and switch off. This will help you relax and give a warm impression to the interviewers.
If you want to get your dream job by presenting yourself professionally ain your interview, I can help.
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