Getting an interview for a job you really want is always exciting. Whether you’ve been out of work for a while or you’ve been in the same job for years, it’s always good to brush up on how to make a great impression. Here are our tips on how to nail your interview:
Research the company
First thing’s first – make sure you’ve researched the company you’re interviewing with. Knowing things about the history of the business is great, but make sure to research more modern events too. Have they been in the news recently? Maybe they’ve just launched a new product or appointed a new CEO. Knowing about the current events of any company shows you are keen.
Research the industry
It’s also important to know a bit about the industry that the company is part of. Even if you’re applying for a role which doesn’t involve you knowing any industry-specific information, it might just give you the edge over the other applicants. It’s good to know who their major competitors are, whether there have been any major industry changes recently etc. Once again, this shows that you’re interested and is also a great way to demonstrate that you go the extra mile.
Know your CV
This might seem obvious, but make sure you know your CV inside out. Your interviewer will most likely have it in front of them and may well ask you about specific sections - the worst thing you can do is not to know what they’re talking about. Go through your CV the day before to make sure you know exactly what it says, and try and have examples ready which go into further detail. Even if they don’t quiz you about it, you’ll feel more confident knowing you have a plan for if they do.
Do a test run
Being on time for an interview is really important. The last thing you want to do is run in 10 minutes late feeling flustered because you took a wrong turn or got on the wrong train. Map out where your interview is (Google maps is great for this) so whether you’re walking, driving or getting public transport you know exactly where you’re going. Local news and plenty of websites will also be able to tell you if there are any traffic or transport delays, so you can leave in plenty of time to get there.
Plan your outfit in advance
Looking presentable is important in any interview, whether you’re going for a job which involves business wear or not. Plan the outfit you’ll wear a few days in advance so it can be washed and ironed ready to go– it’s one less thing for you to worry about on the big day.