Preparing For An Interview
If you've been invited to an interview you know that your CV has
made the right impression. However, now the real work begins.
Some interviews will look at Competencies, others look at
Attitudes or Experience. Whatever the type of interview you are
attending, planning and preparation are essential.
The Position You Are Applying For
It is likely that you will be asked why you are interested in
this vacancy. Obviously in order to answer this question you will
need to understand the fine detail about the role.
- As an absolute minimum you need to read the job advert in fine
- If you haven't been sent one - ask for a role profile. It will
contain more detail about the role, it's reporting lines,
responsibilities, and core skills required to perform the role to a
- If acceptable, ask if you can spend time in the department to
shadow someone doing the role
Not only will these steps enable you to speak knowledgably about
the role, but the extra preparation will impress the
The Company You Are Applying To
Again, you may well be asked "Why do you want to work for this
company?" or "What do you know about this company?"
To answer this question:
- The job advert should provide you with some high level
information about the company
- Review the company's website - understand what their core
products/services are and look at their performance
- Do a search on Google and review the latest news on the
Find out about the Interviewer
As an absolute minimum find out the role profile of the person
interviewing you. It may also be worth checking LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com) and seeing if
they have a profile.
Not only will that give you an insight into who the interviewer
is but sometimes, if there is a picture of them on their profile,
it can ease your nerves!
Read Your CV
In preparation for your interview, re-read your CV. This is
especially important if you tailor your CV to each vacancy you
The interviewer is likely to question you about your experience
so it is essential that you are able to answer any questions.
Plan Your Journey
This may sound obvious but make sure you know where your
interview is, how you are going to get there, and how long the
journey will take.
It is also advisable to be in the area of the interview early.
You've taken a lot of care to plan for this appointment, don't undo
your work by having to rush.
Think About Questions
Virtually all interviews will end with the opportunity for you
to ask questions. Plan these in advance and take a list with
Of course there will be questions about the role you would like
to ask, but you may also want to show off your knowledge of the
company (i.e. how will this legislation affect your business?)
Try to avoid basic questions like "what are my chances of
Look The Part
It is human nature to assess people on how they look. While
interviewers are trained to assess you based on the information
they gather from you, it certainly can't help to back this up with
a positive impression.
Make sure you are well rested, fuelled and hydrated on the day
of the interview. If you feel good in yourself, you'll perform to
your highest standard.
Think positive thoughts - "I am the right person for this job",
"I will get this job."
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Preparing for an Interview
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