What felt like an eternity (a couple of days), you have finally had confirmation of an interview date. Yay! If you hadn’t done your research on the company prior to applying for the position, then now is the time to do it.
Begin by scoping out the company’s website. Take a look at their ‘about’ section and see if they have a mission statement or corporate literature on social responsibility. This will begin to give you a clear understanding and insight into the company along with their current employee structure. The majority of companies have a social media presence so take a look. Their tone and language will also give you an idea into the company culture and how they want to be perceived by the public. This will help you to explain how you can fit into the mix.
Company’s like when you have done thorough research into them and they will most certainly ask you your thoughts and opinions of the company and how you can benefit them. Anticipating potential questions are crucial and preparing your answers accordingly. Start by considering your own CV. The person/s interviewing you will have studied your CV and have questions lined up. Think about how you’ll explain problematic aspects of your CV, such as gaps in employment and reasons for leaving your current employer.
Once you have considered your CV, you need to compare this to the job description. Begin by writing next to each requirement how you fulfill that particular role and the previous experience that relates to this. Remain confident with facts and figures about sales increase or press coverage, along with key skills that you can bring to the business.
Remember that an interview is not a one way street. It is welcomed and also asked at the end of the interview if you have any questions for them. This is your time to shine. If you haven’t had the chance to do so already, then ask questions about the company’s aims and objectives for the future to represent your previous research. Ask questions like ‘Why did this role become available’ and ‘ How do you see my personal development over the next year’. Questions like this will show your enthusiasm and keen interest in progressing within the company.
It’s not only you and the company you need to focus on; it is also relevant news and trends about the industry sector. Research into their competitors as well as potential gaps in the market. This will make you stand out from the crowd and an opportunity to showcase your knowledge on the industry.
Now that you are prepped out to the max, it just leaves the final details. Choose your outfit the night before, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption. Plan your journey, aiming to arrive ten minutes early. If you have the opportunity to practice the interview with friends or family then this is also advised. It will help you to calm your nerves and rehearse your answers.
We have complete faith in you that you will be awesome! Try to remain cool and the more prepared you are, the easier it will be. If you have any questions about the above, then please get in touch with our friendly team today.