Tips for a successful interview
Give yourself a pat on the back – securing an interview is no mean feat. Your CV caught the eye of the employer and demonstrated your worthiness as a candidate. Below are a few tips to help you start preparing for the big day.
Do your research
Make sure you do your homework. Get to know your potential new employers – learn everything from their profits to latest product launches. Find out who are their direct competitors and research the current developments in the industry. You’re bound to be asked questions about the company, make sure you have the answers.
Practice your answers
Think about the points you want to make about yourself. There are some questions that are bound to come up, so try perfecting your answers before the interview. If you’re clear and concise, the employer is more likely to think you’re the right person for the job.
Look the part
It’s simple, dress to impress. First appearances can count for a lot, so make sure your clothes are clean and smart. Prepare what you’re going to wear the night before, this is the time to polish your shoes and iron a shirt.
Plan your journey
Make a note of the time and place of the interview. This may sound obvious, but ensure you have either a map or directions of where you’re going. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your interview. And if you’re going be late, contact your consultant at Cranleigh Scientific who will immediately inform the company.
It’s normal to feel nervous. But try not to dwell on it. Try and concentrate on what you’d like to say, then deliver your message as clearly and coherently as you can. Remember, it’s likely your interviewer is nervous too.
Have questions ready for the interviewer. This shows a real interest in the position and company. Not only should you prepare questions prior to the interview, you should also take into account what’s being said there and then. If you think of a good question during the interview, don’t be frightened to ask.
Questions you might be asked
- What interests you about the position?
- What are your long and short-term goals?
- Why should we hire you?
- What has been your main career achievement to date?
- Give an example of a difficult problem in your previous position and how did you overcome this?
- How would you describe yourself?
- How would your friends or colleagues describe you?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Questions to ask the interviewer
- Why is the position available?
- What skills are needed to succeed?
- What are the initial priorities of the position?
- How does the position fit into the organisational structure?
- How would you describe the culture of this company?
- What possible training could I receive in this role?
- What is the likely career development pathway in the next few years?