Firstly, research the company you are interviewing for!! This may seem obvious but it’s crucial part of your preparation. Researching what the company is about, their values, and their aims displays your enthusiasm for the role. After all, an interview is a two-way street. It’s as much about choosing them as it is about them choosing you. Therefore, lack of at least basic knowledge about the company you are wanting to join can signal to a potential employer you are uninterested in the role. Show interest in the company so that they’ll invest in you!
2. Have your CV to hand
This is an interview, not a memory test! Make sure you print out a copy of your CV.
Candidates often go into interviews thinking that the interviewers are trying to trip them up – this isn’t the case. Bringing a copy of your CV into your interview with you will help if you get stuck with a question or forget certain points (which is completely normal). You’ll be able to refer back to it when needed and also feel far more comfortable, even if you don’t need it!
3.Talk to your recruiter
Communicating regularly with your recruiter will give you the best knowledge of what the company is looking for. As a EPR & Clinical Systems recruiter at IT Works Health, I am constantly looking at the market, speaking to clients and candidates, noticing changes, and seeing what requirements need filling. We pride ourselves on being the experts in the market, so speaking with us on a regular basis prior to your interview will give you a great idea of the client’s needs from the get-go, giving you the best chance at acing your interview.
4. Dress to impress
Finally… dress appropriately. There may be certain dress codes at the company you’re interviewing for, however a safe bet is just to be smart. You don’t need to wear black tie or go over the top but making sure you look professional is always the best approach. A lack of your care given to how you present yourself may (rightly or wrongly) give a bad first impression and not set the right tone for the rest of the interview. So, shine your shoes, get the iron out and aim to look as professional as you can so you can stand in good stead. The smarter you feel may also help your confidence when you’re in there too!
Do you have any other interview tips that I’ve missed out on? Have you got any experience of things NOT to do in interviews?