To make sure you ace that interview, here are some top tips for preparing for the big day.
Most job hunting advice tends to centre around what to do once you’re in an interview. It’s important to remember however that the preparation you put into the interview can be just as significant as how you perform on the day.
In order to increase the likelihood of acing that interview, below are some top tips for preparing for the big day.
Know what to research
If you’ve ever had a job interview, chances are you will have been told to do some research beforehand. What exactly should you be looking up however?
Dedicate as much time as possible to learning about the background of the company including:
- Their company values and culture
- What they’re doing on social media
- Past projects or case studies
- Any publications they’ve been mentioned in, press releases they’ve released and marketing they’ve done
The more information you have, the more you can engage with the interviewer and what’s more, it perfectly demonstrates your enthusiasm for the company.
Build a relationship with recruitment agencies
If you’ve secured your interview through a recruitment agency, put in the effort to build a good relationship with them. They’re far more likely to try and sell you into a company if you show that you’re making an effort and are easy to get on with.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that some recruiters work with companies for years and they therefore have valuable insider information which could really help you in the interview. They can give you more information about the culture of the company, who you will be meeting, how the interviews are normally conducted and what typically makes a candidate successful in securing a job at that particular company.
Even though you might feel a bit silly doing this, try to practice interview scenarios. Simply reading something off your laptop and writing down questions and answers isn’t enough to gauge how you might perform on the day.
Ask a friend to practice with you or even better, record yourself pretending to be in the interview. Your body language may be more standoffish than you realise and you may use fillers like ‘um’ more than you notice. Perfecting these things can help you to come across as being much more confident when your interviewer meets you for the first time.
It’s a good idea to focus on practicing your answers to any potential questions which may come up. While we may not hesitate to write something down on paper, we’re not always so comfortable saying it out loud and this could cause you to stumble in an interview.
Prepare for the big day
It’s perfectly normal to be nervous on the day of the interview so the last thing you need is anything stressing you out or worrying you. Try to prepare everything you can the day before so you’re all ready to go on the day and don’t have to worry about anything other than getting there.
- Find out exactly where the interview is and determine how you’re going to get there. Decide on the train or bus you’re going to get or check how long it will take to drive there. Don’t forget to factor in traffic if your interview is around rush hour and make sure there’s already petrol in the car.
- If possible, do a practice run so you don’t have to worry about trying to find the office on the day of your interview.
- Figure out what you’re going to wear and have it ironed and laid out the night before.
- Don’t leave your interview preparation to the last minute – this will only stress you out.
If you would like more interview advice, please feel free to contact Alpha and we will be more than happy to help.