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How to prepare for your interview

 

Often regarded as the nerve-wracking element, it’s true that the interview is your chance to prove to a prospective employer that you are capable of performing in a role.

However whilst it’s imperative to make sure that you’ve gathered as much information in terms of research as possible, it’s important to remember that an interview should be a two way process, ie an opportunity for you to be able to “try a new employer” for size. On this point, in recent times many organisations have made a conscious effort to deformalise processes where possible to make the experience more interactive. This allows both parties to get more out of the session but also paints the business in a positive, modern light - whilst clearly you will be assessed, a good business will also be using the opportunity to showcase themselves.   

Taking this into account, it’s key to aim to be yourself and enjoy the exchange of information and aim to get as much out of the meeting as you can.

We will of course be happy to advise on pre-interview research angles (and will clearly go into specifics of the different processes used by our clients) - just let us know, although a few basic points are worth remembering:

  • The company website is a “must” for key business information; it’s also a good idea to use search engines / business media (eg LinkedIn) to identify recent press or product launches.
  • If you’re required to undertake aptitude (numeric, verbal, diagrammatic) or psychometric tests, it’s not a bad idea to spend some time on some practice tests – dependent on the type of testing we’d be happy to advise on this.
  • If you’re presenting a case study or some information, ensure that you are 100% clear on the task before you undertake it and that you have all the material and information you require. It’s worth double checking what facilities will be available to you on the day – there’s nothing worse than turning up with a just a data stick to find that there is no laptop in the room!
  • Ask the background of the line manager interviewing you (once again online research / LinkedIn etc is a good plan). It’s not only useful from a conversation perspective but can also provide food for thought and discussion when it comes to finding out about the organisation’s progression structure.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before your meeting and ensure that you know where you are going and that you leave yourself enough time to arrive comfortably. If you are not sure of your best route feel free to call us or click here for our advice on 'getting to an interview'.