So, you’ve been through the application process, crossed the first few hurdles and have secured a job interview — congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and we’ve got you covered. Over the next few posts you’ll learn:
- How to prepare your answering technique to the interview questions
- Prepare your own questions for employers
- Make a great first impression
- What to bring to the interview
- Tips on good manners and body language
- How to win them over with your authenticity and positivity
Interviews are not something to be afraid or overly worried about, as we often remind our clients, interviews are a two way street and the interview process is as much about you interviewing the potential employer as it is them interviewing you. The main thing to remember is – just as in your CV – to be truthful and to be yourself during the interview and to take note of the posts over the next few weeks for tips and pointers to help you make the best, truthful impression and have a positive interview experience where the potential employer gets all the information they need about you and you get all the information you need from them.
Tip 1 – Research:
In the days before the interview set aside time to fully research the company, no doubt you will have done preliminary research when you applied for the job however taking the time to get a greater understanding of the business can really pay off both in the interview and in terms of your decision making. Using the company website as your starting point you can get an overview of their core business, the key people, the ethos and their ownership. You can get an understanding of their history, locations they operate in and other sectors they are involved with. Doing this research is equally important for companies we think we know – especially large organisations that are well known as it may be that your knowledge of the company is wrong or you have misconceptions. Researching the company means you can go into your interview with a solid understanding of the requirements of the job and how your background makes you a great fit. Reading reviews is another great way to learn more about the company culture and what others are saying about this employer. If you are able to relate to something in the companies ethos, show your knowledge of its history or show your understanding of its activities during the interview, this will show the interviewer that you have done your research and they will be impressed!