Preparation is the key to a successful job interview. If you’ve got an interview coming up, our handy checklist can help you be ready for the big day. Print it out and make sure you can cover every point.
Have you worked out how to get there and how long your journey will take?
If you’ve never been to the venue before, why not do a trial-run a few days before? It’s not too difficult to locate the places in the internet age. All you need to do is to enter the name of the building to your Google Maps. You don’t even have to drive there days before to be familiar with the place as you can see it through the Google Street Map!
However, more and more interviews are taking place on the internet these days thanks to Covid!
Have you found out what format the interview will take?
Depending on the job and the organisation, the interview might be a one-to-one, a panel interview or a group interview. This is one of the most important pieces of information to know before your big day. If you don’t know the content and format of the interview then you can not prepare for it properly. They will probably have sent you a candidate pack which covers all of your questions.
Have you found out what resources are available?
If you’ve been asked to do a written test or a presentation, you’ll need to call ahead to find out what facilities are available. Do not hesitate to ask questions to the employers regarding the interviews. They will let you know how to prepare for the interview. Especially large companies with thousands of employees provide trial runs on their websites.
Have you prepared answers to some of the typical interview questions?
Get the inside track in our guide to the Top 10 interview questions. The best way to prepare for an interview is to go through relevant interview questions. You can do a role play with one of your friends or family members. Try answering all the questions yourself to see if you can do it then check out the internet to see if there are better ways of answering the questions.
Have you researched the organisation?
A simple scan of the website can help you impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their organisation. You should also visit company review platforms like Glassdoor to see what current and previous employees think about them.
Have you printed out the CV or form you sent in application for the job?
This will help you to prepare for any specific questions about your application and your work history. Working from a printed paper is much easier and better than looking at your phone or tablet screen.
Have you prepared examples of when you’ve used skills relevant to the job?
You can identify the kind of skills you will need by reading through the person specification. It is important to read the job description again and again. This will help you understand what type of person they are looking for. Make a list of skills and qualities and try to adjust your answers around them.
Have you prepared two or three questions for the end of the interview?
This is your chance to impress the interviewer by asking questions that show you understand the organisation and the role you’d be working in. “Have you got any questions for me?” Asking a couple questions to the interviewer will show them that you are interested in the job. Prepare some questions but not like “When can I start?”.
Have you decided what you’re going to wear? Will you look the part?
Always look tidy, even if the dress code at the organisation is informal. You can email or call the employer to ask about the dress code. Many companies are easy about the attire however some of them may require something formal. Better to find out what to wear before the interview than looking completely different than other candidates.
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