Interviews: How to Prepare

All jobs are decided with an interview. They can take many formats and we have developed a separate section of our website to go through the various types with tips and advice on how to deal with each of them.

The one common theme however is the need to prepare in advance for your interview. You want to find out as much as you can about your potential employer but you also want to ensure that you provide them with as much supporting evidence as possible to convince them that you are the right person for that role.

For that reason, research and preparation are crucial. Find out as much as you can about the company and use that knowledge to demonstrate you have done some research if you can.

Practice being questioned by a friend or family member? Pick a selection of key things you want to get across at your interview and find ways of weaving them into your answers – irrespective of the questions being asked. We have also produced a series of the most asked interview questions on a separate page, with tips on how to handle them.

Avoid arriving late to your interview. If necessary, get there early and sit in the car. Do not be late. It looks bad and you will be flustered throughout your interview.

And make sure you have a few questions prepared for the interviewer. Most of them ask candidates if they have any questions they would like to ask. Make sure you do. Show an interest in the company; its products or services. Come across as enthusiastic and passionate but avoid ‘being clever’.

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