How to plan for an interview

Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 by Sam EvansNo comments

 

Do your research 

You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you've done your homework look at their website, twitter and Facebook accounts. Also, take a look at the latest developments in their industry so you can converse with confidence. Here’s out top 6 tips for planning for your next interview.

Plan your outfit 

While a book shouldn’t be judged by its cover, the fact is that you are often judged as soon as you walk into the interview room. Wearing a creased shirt and or sporting scruffy hair will not make a good first impression. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. You should ensure that what you wear is comfortable so you can put all your focus onto your answers, so be sure to plan what you’re going to wear before the interview day.

Know your CV 

One of the most important things when preparing for interview is to make sure that you know your CV inside and out. The interviewer will almost certainly ask some questions relating to your CV, to find more information or test your knowledge of an area. If you’re unable to provide satisfactory answers for questions relating to something you’ve put on your CV, then alarm bells will start to ring. Make sure you know everything that you’ve put on your CV and be ready to answer questions on experiences or skills that might be related to the job you’re interviewing for.

Practice some answers 

If you can prepare some answers for questions that you think might come up during the interview, then you’ve set yourself up for a good interview. If you can answer their questions confidently and sound like you know what you’re talking about, then the interviewer should be able to grasp that you’ve come prepared which should impress.

Prepare your questions 

An interview is a two-way process, and while you have to sell yourself to the company, the company will also want to sell themselves to you too. If you don’t like the feel of the company, then they may not take the position if offered, even if the company thought you were the best candidate they’ve ever had. You should prepare a few questions to ask at the end of the interview about the company, the role or anything else that you’re curious about. It might help you to decide whether the company is right for you and will show to the interviewer that you’re keen.

Now you've planned all that you can, you're ready for the interview. You'll probably be nervous but that's a good thing, and there may be some things that make you have to think on your feet at an interview, but you've done everything you can to interview as well as possible.

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