Published on December 13th, 20110
8 Steps To Interview Success
Failing To Prepare Is Preparing To Fail
1- Know the basics of the interview -
This might seem obvious, but before anything else, double check the time and date of the interview. Make sure you have your suit ready and clean hung up the night before and ironed if needs be.
2- Know the company
Research the company. Who are they, and what do they do? It is important to know the job description, and know what the employer expects from the role. Being able to hold a conversation about the company to the person interviewing you might come up towards the end of the interview.
3 – Know yourself
Brush up on your skills and update your CV. You should also rehearse examples of times when you have demonstrated your skills. Think of a script of how you can exapnd on any part of your CV just incase asked.
4 – Know your answers
5 – Know your questions
Many interviewers will give you a chance to ask questions. This is a great opportunity to show off your enthusiasm and interest in the job. Think about what you want to know about the job before the interview.
6 – Know your image
It is important to dress professionally for your interview. Make sure that your suit and tie match, you don’t look scruffy and get your suit ironed and dry cleaned if it has a few small stains or has been at the bottom of your wardrobe for years. Think about your body language, and what it says about you.
7 – Know your journey
Where is the interview being held and how will you get there? Maybe go for a trial run, to ensure you arrive on time on the day, or else take directions and a map. If you’re going to be late, make sure you have the relevant phone numbers to phone ahead. If you are heading into London for the interview for example it is best to get an earlier train as London can be a very busy place and complicated place to get around.
8 – Know what to bring
Bring copies of your CV, ID, portfolio of work (if relevant), and university transcripts, if you have them. Make sure you know the names of the people interviewing you (and the companies name !).
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