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- Research as much as you can about the company – products, services, markets, competitors, trends, current activities, priorities. See the tips about researching before job interviews.
- Prepare your answers for the type of questions you’ll be asked, especially, be able to say why you want the job, what your strengths are, how you’d do the job, what your best achievements are.
- Prepare good questions to ask at the interview. See the section on questions to ask at job interviews.
- Related to the above, request a copy of the company’s employment terms and conditions or employee handbook before the interview, in order to save time covering routine matters during the interview.
- Assemble hard evidence (make sure it’s clear and concise) of how what you’ve achieved in the past – proof will put you ahead of those who merely talk about it.
- Have at least one other interview lined up, or have a recent job offer, or the possibility of receiving one from a recent job interview, and make sure you mention it to the interviewer.
- Make sure your resume/cv is up to date, looking very good and even if already supplied to the interviewer take three with you (one for the interviewer, one for you and a spare in case the interviewer brings a colleague in to the meeting).
- Get hold of the following material and read it, and remember the relevant issues, and ask questions about the areas that relate to the organisation and the role. Obtain and research: the company’s sales brochures and literature, a trade magazine covering the company’s market sector, and a serious newspaper for the few days before the interview so you’re informed about world and national news. Also worth getting hold of: company ‘in-house’ magazines or newsletters, competitor leaflets, local or national newspaper articles featuring the company.
- Review your personal goals and be able to speak openly and honestly about them and how you plan to achieve them.
- Ensure you have two or three really good reputable and relevant references, and check they’d each be happy to be contacted.
- Adopt an enthusiastic, alert, positive mind-set. If you want some help with this try the ‘I Am’ self-belief page.
- Particularly think about how to deal positively with any negative aspects – especially from the perspective of telling the truth, instead of evading or distorting facts, which rarely succeeds. See the CV pointers about this – it’s very significant.
- Try to get some experience of personality tests. Discover your personality strengths and weaknesses that would be indicated by a test, and be able to answer questions positively about the results. (Do not be intimidated by personality testing – expose yourself to it and learn about yourself.) To understand more about personality testing and the underpinning theory – and to find out more about yourself in this respect – see the section on personality theories and make time to read and understand it.
- Think about what to wear. See the guidance about choice of dress, clothes and colours for interviews below.
- Some jobs invite or offer opportunity to re-define or develop the role itself. It might be a existing role or a new position. If so prepare for this. Most jobs in fact offer this potential, but sometimes it is a stated requirement. See the notes in the CV section about approaching a vacancy for which the role has not yet been fully defined.
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