How To Prepare For a Successful Interview

So you’ve finally been offered an interview after extensive reviews, tests, endless form filling and forgetting the password to your emails a million times. This interview now gives you the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your ability and showcase the reasons you are better than the other candidates.

It goes without saying that preparation is key, so here are some general tips to follow:

  1. Research the company. This shows you have a keen interest in more than just the money you could be making. What is their ethos? Who is the founder? What are their best achievements that you hope to one day be a part of?
  2. Re-read the job advert. Usually the original post will outline the key skills and abilities they are looking for in a candidate, take notes and try to demonstrate or mention the specific skills you possess.
  3. Bring materials. An extra pen, a copy of your CV, ID Documents and right to work, any training certificates or references.
  4. Arrive on time. Research your journey, check for delays and prepare for them anyway. It happens to the best of us, so find and save the number of the company/ hiring team/ relevant person you may need to call in an emergency.
  5. Prepare questions to ask. Examples include: How do you reward staff for good performance? How can I progress in my role? What are some of the challenges I will have to overcome?
  6. Confidence and body language. This can include smiling, a firm hand shake, eye contact and no crossed arms or head resting. If you have trouble maintaining eye contact, try using props like a notebook so that you don’t appear disinterested.
  7. On the subject of confidence, do not be afraid to take your time in asking questions and formulate a good answer. Ask for the question to be repeated or elaborated if needed!

8. Be prepared for questions based on your CV or scenarios presented to you. Questions such as ‘what was the most challenging part of your previous role?’ or ‘describe a time where you demonstrated good team work/ took responsibility for a bad decision/ used your initiative and went above and beyond what was asked’.

An equally important mini-list of Dont’s:

  1. Ask how soon you can book your holidays, but be up-front if you have an unavoidably packed schedule ahead
  2. Complain or let emotions get involved when describing past employers
  3. Constantly check the time, your phone, or arrive late while on the phone
  4. Wait till last minute to cancel or let someone know you might be late

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