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Planning For an Interview

You’ve passed the first test, your CV has impressed and has landed you an interview. But what now?
Here are some tips about how to plan for an interview:

1) Company research: interviewers will expect you to know about the company, what it does, how big it is and who their competition is. Look these details up so that you can answer questions accurately and think of some questions that you would like to ask the interviewer.

2) Role research: read the job spec carefully, list what skills you think are important for the role and list your past experiences that prove that these are skills you possess; make sure to mention these during the interview. If you have any queries try to enquire about them before the interview or be prepared to raise them as you go along

3) Be yourself: whatever the result make sure that you do not look back wishing you had carried out more research. However it is equally important to show that you can fit in with the company values and ethos, so be yourself and show the enthusiasm you can bring to the role.

4) Before the interview: prepare a pack containing your CV, cover letter and any certificates of merit or qualifications that you have. You may not need them but it’s always best to be prepared. Plan your route to where the interview is being held, including train and bus times if needed; there is nothing worse than being late and in a rush on the day.

5) On the day: You can’t go wrong with a business suit, on rare occasions smart casual may be acceptable but it is better to be over dressed than under dressed. Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time and if you are going to be late for whatever reason then make sure you inform the interviewer as soon as possible.