Do your research
You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your research. Go on the company website and find out the latest company news, annual reports and history. This demonstrates enthusiasm and sincere interest in the company that you have applied for.
Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will be asked. You should prepare answers to why you want to work for the company, what motivates you, what are your strengths and weaknesses, why you would be the perfect candidate for the role and what are your future goals.
Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you’re applying for shows a desire to succeed.
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people and they may be nervous too! We should know – we conducted many interviews whilst we worked in the office.
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of two questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company.
Most of all relax and enjoy the interview – you will be great. You must be suited for the role otherwise they wouldn’t have invited you in!