Preparing For Your Interview

The importance of interview preparation cannot be underestimated. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel and better able to fluently answer questions.
 
 
The following tips and guidance are from actual candidate and employer
feedback.

 

    • Know who, when and where you are meeting. It always helps to look up the location
      beforehand, either with a visit if you have the time or by checking Google Maps to make
      sure it is where it says it is.
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    • Know where you can park and whether you will need coins for the parking machine in
      advance.
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    • Plan your route and aim to arrive 15 minutes before the interview.
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    • Research the company thoroughly. Study their website to familiarise yourself with the
      company’s services, history, values, and size. Know who their direct competitors are.
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    • Read the job description or advert provided. Candidates should pay special attention to
      the job description and role requirements but not take it as gospel. Usually written by HR
      it’s normally quite a comprehensive list of requirements, that in reality, not a single
      candidate will be able to tick all the boxes. The interviewer/hiring manager usually knows
      exactly what they are looking for and is best at giving you a more insightful view of
      the role.
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    • Think about the type of questions you might get asked in an interview and prepare your
      answers.
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    • List some insightful questions to ask.
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    • Have an early night.
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    • Wear appropriate dress (your consultant can advise on the company style).
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    • Offer a good, strong handshake but not too tight.
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    • Take a copy of your CV for the interviewer but don’t use it for reference (this suggests
      fiction and prevents eye contact).
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    • Relax and enjoy the interview. Try and build a good rapport and be friendly but
      professional.
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    • Never swear, or put down work colleagues, previous bosses, or employers.
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    • Be open with your answers and about your skills and experience but don’t talk too much
      or waffle.
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    • Smile. It puts everyone at ease.
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    • Analyse your character and thought processes:
      What are your strengths and weaknesses?
      How would your manager get the best out of you?
      How do you react to criticism?
      How would your best friend describe you?
      How would you describe yourself under pressure?
      If we give you the position and you find yourself struggling with the demands after a few
      weeks, what would you do about this?
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At the end of the interview, thank them for their time and tell them that you enjoyed meeting them. Don’t be afraid to find out what the next steps are and ask when you can expect to hear back.