Hints and Tips
So much has been written about the do's and don'ts of preparing and attending interviews. However, in reality, it's best to keep things simple!
There is a saying: "If you don't plan, you plan to fail". So, the most important thing you need to do is appropriately prepare for your interview and know what will be expected of you.
Read up about the company. Understand what their business is, where their offices are, when they were established, how many people they employ and, of course, ensure that you know where your interview will take place and how you are going to get there! The more you know about the company then the more it shows that you have prepared.
2. Prepare for questions
Read the job spec fully prior to your interview. The interviewer will want to know of any similar experience you have and will want you to answer questions based on your skills and competencies. Therefore, it's important for you to read each responsibility carefully and have answers ready.
Apart from experience, look at the qualities that the job requests. Think about how you can display qualities like flexibility, confidence, a calm manner, ability to work to tight deadlines etc.
The more you understand your strengths, personal skills and qualities, the more confidence you will bring to your interview.
3. Dress to impress
You don't need to arrive wearing a tuxedo or ball gown. However, ensure you dress in office attire. That could be a shirt, tie, suit and polished shoes or a dress, skirt or formal trousers. Whatever you choose, your suit should be pressed and your shirt well-ironed. Keep jewellery simple and make-up to suit.
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4. Be confident
Interviews can be nerve-wracking. Therefore, researching the company, planning your responses to questions and knowing exactly what you are wearing will help build your confidence. Remember what you have achieved in your previous roles and know what you're bringing to the table.
If you are a little bit nervous, don't worry, that's normal. Some nerves shows you are keen! There is no harm in letting the interviewer know early so they can help put you at ease.
5. Plan your questions
You NEED to know as much as you can about the company, the team and whether the role is right for you. To help you understand all three, try and prepare at least three questions about the company, the team and the day-to-day role.
Read between the lines from your research. For example, your questions could be:
"I see that the company employs 300 staff, are there any current plans for expansion?"
"I've learned a lot of people stay more than two years. What is the career progression like at your company?"
"I saw on LinkedIn that you had a summer party recently. What is the working environment like?
"I understand that the company is a market leader in technology and your latest product was released last month. How often do you release new products?"
By asking these questions you are not only showing what you have learnt, but also showing an interest in the role and the organisation.
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