TOP TIPS FOR INTERVIEW PREPARATION – Part 1 – Before the Interview

So you’ve had the call and you have an interview for the job you’ve applied for.  Here are our top tips for preparing for the interview and giving it your absolute best:

Read the job ad and match your skills

Read the advertisement again and be prepared to answer questions about the particulars of the job and how your skills might match up.  Think about the skills you have or things you have learned along the way that will work for this job so that you can highlight them in the interview.

Know the organisation

Have you done your research on the organisation and the person you might be working for?  Look up the organisation and find out as much as you can.  Look up the people you might be working for (if you know the names) on LinkedIn.  Prepare some questions to ask at the interview.

Call to confirm

Call to confirm the details of the time and place, and find out the names of the people interviewing so you can use their names during the interview.

Make sure you know where you are going

Work out where the interview is and how long it will take to get there. Allow extra time just in case.  Being late is not a good sign.  Make sure you have the phone number with you in case of unforeseen circumstances so you can call and explain.

Decide what to wear

Don’t leave it to the last minute to find out that  your shirt needs ironing or your best skirt  or trousers need dry cleaning.  Work out what to wear ahead of time to give the best impression.  And that goes for shoes too – make sure they are clean.