Preparation is key to a successful interview; it can impact the quality of your answers, boost your confidence and help you to stand out from the crowd. Lack of preparation can lead to awkward silences, unnecessary nerves and it could cause you to miss out on a great opportunity. Do you think you’re prepared? Here are 6 questions you should be asking yourself before your next interview…
1. Do you know where you’re going?
Always check where your interview is being held and how to get there before the day of the interview, this will ensure you don’t get lost, get there in plenty of time and help to reduce your nerves.
2. Are you dressed smartly?
Unless you’re told otherwise you should always dress smartly for an interview. This will show the employer that you’ve put effort into preparing for the interview and help to create a great first impression.
3. Have you re-read the job description?
It’s a good idea to re-read the job description before the interview, that way you’ll be able to answer questions like ‘what attracted you to the role?’ more honestly and effectively.
4. Have you done any research on the company?
Carrying out some research on a company before an interview will enable you to personalise your answers. Being able to tell the employer why your skills fit their specific processes will help you to stand out.
5. Have you practised?
Running through potential questions and answers before your interview will help you to avoid any awkward silences and appear confident. Practising the delivery of your answers, including body language, will ensure you make the best first impression.
6. Do you need to bring anything with you?
It’s always worth clarifying if you need to bring anything with you to your interview, such as a portfolio or a completed questionnaire. Failing to bring necessary documents could harm your prospects! Generally, if you’re unsure as to what to bring, take a printed copy of your CV with you in case the hiring manager wishes to refer back to it.
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