Interview advice


How do I prepare for a job interview?

You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company you’ll have the job interview with, so make sure you know the basic facts and figures such as last year’s profits and latest product launches. Try to find information about the corporate culture and values. The employer will expect you to be able to talk about their company and explain them why you are interested in working for him.

Here are some pieces of advice on how to get ready for your interview.

 

An online search

Research the company’s website. This is the best place to start. You will find plenty of information about the products or services they offer. Use what they say and the way they see their business in your interview to explain why you are a good fit for the company. If they have a press page check their latest news. Pay particular attention to the information that is relevant to the position you are applying for. For instance, if you apply for a marketing position, highlight your knowledge of their marketing strategy and company communications. If you know the names of the people who will be interviewing you, use the site’s search facility to discover more about them.

 

Industry knowledge

You not only need to have information about the company, you should also have a good background knowledge of the industry. Browse through business publications and websites to see what they are writing about the industry news and get some general but current information.

 

Preparing yourself

This is an important point. We advise you to spend some time preparing for the interview and the questions the employer may ask you. This is like going into an exam, you will feel more confident if you studied beforehand. Don’t get caught out by basic questions you haven’t prepared for.

Here are a few tips:

• Have a mock interview with a friend based on the common interview questions you’re likely to be asked.
• Be sure you know the time, date and location of the interview and, if possible, the name of interviewers.
• Prepare what you’re going to wear the night before.
• If you are asked to bring certificates, references, etc…have them ready well in advance.

 

Be sure of what you want

Sit down with your CV and analyse what you have achieved. Review your professional experience. What are your ambitions? How have your overcome challenges in your professional career? Prepare your responses out loud, but don’t memorise your answers as they should come across as natural responses in the interview. Try to relate specific areas of your CV back to the job description. Relating your experience will make it clear to the interviewer why they should hire you.


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