What you need to be preparing before your interview

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We all know how important preparing for a task is, even more so before an interview. There are various things you should do before you walk into the meeting;

 

Plan your route

Being late for an interview will reflect very badly on you. Make sure you know where you are going (ideally doing a dummy run), think about where you will park if you are driving and allow some extra time for potential delays. Even if you make it on time but have to rush to make it, it can take away some of your focus. If you do arrive early, don’t go straight in but wait in the car. Anything more than 5/10 minutes early can also count against you.

 

Do your research on the company AND hiring managers

This has never been easier to do. Hiring managers will expect you to have looked at their website and at a bare minimum know what it is they do. They will expect you to have done more than this as well though. Have a look at any blogs posted by them or press releases. What is the wider internet saying about them? If you can talk about their recent projects, particularly relating to your experience, goals or the role it will look good to the interviewer. Review their LinkedIn pages and other social media profiles. If you have something in common with the hiring manager this can help with the small talk on the way to the interview itself. Even if you have nothing in common, it can give you something to ask them about.

 

Read the job description

If you haven’t been given one then get as much information as you can about the role from the recruiter or hiring manager. You will be interviewing for a specific role and you will need to demonstrate how your skills and experience match what will be required of you. It will also give you the chance to think about any areas that you don’t match up to and how you can overcome those objections.

 

Prepare your answers for common interview questions

Typical interview questions include “what are your weaknesses?”, “what do you think you can bring to this role?” and “why do you want this job?” Think about how you will answer these questions so you don’t have to stumble over them in the interview. Questions such as these are so common and you will be expected to know your answer to them. Have a look at our twitter feed for lots of other typical interview questions.

 

Prepare your appearance

In all likelihood you will be expected to wear a suit for interview. Make sure your outfit is clean and ironed and that your shoes are polished. Is it time for a haircut? Personal hygiene is vital and don’t wear overpowering perfume or aftershave. Ladies, don’t overdo it with the make-up either. Always have a quick check before you go into the building to make sure you are looking your best.

 

Interviews can be a nervous time but there is no excuse for not doing your homework. If you would like any more advice we will be focusing on interviews all week on social media. Check out our twitter feed, LinkedIn page or our G+ community for lots of advice.

 

Victoria Watkins is Office Manager here at Corriculo Ltd. After working as a Recruitment Consultant for 5 years she moved to Office Management for an IT consultancy 6 years ago. Victoria was one of the first members of our team and deals with all of our administration and accounts. Connect with her on LinkedInTwitter or Google+

 

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