When it comes to preparing for an interview, preparation is key. Whether you’re fresh out of university applying for your first roles, or a seasoned interview professional progressing up the career ladder, organisation is imperative to achieving interview success.
But what are the most important things to consider? We’ve gathered our top tips on how to properly prepare for your interview, to give yourself the best possible chance of securing your next role.
Do Your Research
Research the company. This should always be your first point of call. Aside from anything else, it’s in your own interest to make sure the companies values align with your own. Make relevant notes that you can go over and revise ahead of the interview. Consider things such as any current clients, awards and recognitions, previous work or case studies, company history, who founded the business, and what the company culture is like. Demonstrating that you’ve done your due diligence in researching the firm is a sure way to impress your interviewer and get off to a flying start.
Look Up Your Role
Researching specifications within the job description you’re applying for can help you to showcase what relevant skills and experience you have that would enable you to carry out the role successfully. It’s helpful to pick out key phrases or qualities which the role requires so that you can use examples of where you’ve demonstrated these in previous positions.
Plan Your Outfit
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Never underestimate the importance of a sharp interview outfit! For women, a smart top paired with tailored trousers or a sophisticated dress with a blazer thrown on top will help you to look the part. For men, you can never go wrong with a well-ironed shirt and smart trousers. Whatever you decide, do your research to inform your dress code. If it’s a strictly corporate company, go formal. If it’s more relaxed and creative, you can get away with a more relaxed look – but remember to keep it professional! You still want to look well presented.
Arrive On Time
Punctuality is a fundamental quality that employers look for in potential co-workers. This is easily demonstratable by simply turning up on time. If your interview is being held remotely over a video call, be sure to set up your equipment an hour before so that you are ready to go and have time to go over any last notes before you begin. If your interview is in person, make sure you plan your travel arrangements in advance. Our advice? Always give yourself up to an hour spare to factor in for any heavy traffic or public transport delays. That way there’s no need to panic if you do get slightly held up because you are already ahead of schedule!