Preparation - Once you have secured an interview preparing for it is essential. All interviews are different but experience shows that candidates who prepare properly for an interview give themselves a better chance of securing the position. The following points are just a guide but feedback from clients and successful interviewees shows they improve your chances of success.
Research - Find out as much as you can about the company you are going to see. Use the internet and their website to learn about what they do, their structure, their services, their market place and locations in the UK and worldwide.
Interviewers - Establish how many people are going to be interviewing you and what their positions in the business are.
Location - Make sure you know exactly where the office location is and if possible do a test journey to make sure you know how long it will take to get there and what parking facilities are available or where the nearest railway station is.
Punctuality - Make sure you arrive in plenty of time. It allows you time to settle yourself before the interview and look at company information or brochures whilst waiting. Being late does not create a good impression! If for any reason you are going to be late contact the company (and ourselves) and let them know.
Dress - Dress to impress! Wear smart clothing and demonstrate professionalism. First impressions count!
Arrival - When meeting your interviewer(s) greet them with a firm handshake and a smile. Keep eye contact, show confidence and interest in the company and its employees.
CV - Make sure you know your CV inside and out and that all the information is accurate. The CV will usually form the basis of the first part of your interview.
The Interview - The interview is a sales situation and your chance to sell yourself. It is also the company's chance to sell itself to you. Make sure you have a list of questions about the company, the role itself and the people you will be working for. Be prepared to adjust your questions according to the discussion points of the interview. Your questions might include; the company's future plans, career progression, training offered and the company culture.
Listen carefully to the questions put to you and if you are unsure of a question ask the interviewer to explain it further - don't try to bluff your way through it. Show a real interest and be enthusiastic about the company and the position.
All interviews are different but below is a list of some standard interview questions:
At the end of the interview ask what the follow up procedure is and when you can expect an answer. Finally thank them for their time.