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Seven’s Guide to Interview Preparation

5th February 2024

Got an interview coming up and feeling a bit stressed about it? Preparation for an interview is key, and with that in mind we have pulled together some of the basics in terms of our advice ahead of the ‘big meet’…

Research the Company

Research the company’s history, mission, and values to understand its culture and how it aligns with your own professional values. Explore recent news about the company, its leaders, and any significant milestones or developments, Then investigate the company’s industry position, competitors, and any recent trends or challenges that might impact its business. Effective research can involve visiting the company’s website, reviewing their annual reports, studying recent news articles or press releases, and understanding their products or services

Know Your CV

Understand the specifics of each role listed on your CV, including the projects you worked on, the skills you developed, and the results you achieved.  This may include discussing specific accomplishments, challenges you’ve overcome, and how you’ve grown professionally. Understanding every detail on your CV allows you to elaborate on your experiences more effectively during the interview. Be ready to explain, with specific examples, how your skills and accomplishments align with the job requirements.

Understand the Role

Might sounds obvious, but analyse the job description to identify the key skills and qualifications required. Prepare to discuss how your experiences align with these requirements. Research the specific responsibilities of the role and be ready to speak to how you can contribute to those responsibilities based on your past experiences.

Practice Common Interview Questions

Confidently answer behavioural interview questions by using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to provide structured, concise, and impactful responses. Practice discussing your strengths and weaknesses in a way that highlights your self-awareness and willingness to grow. Use a surrogate interviewer, practice answering questions confidently and within that setting/situation.

Interview Preparation- Ask the right questions

Prepare Your Own Questions

Craft questions that demonstrate your genuine interest in the role and the company, as well as your desire to understand the team dynamics and company culture. Consider asking about potential growth opportunities, the team’s biggest challenges, or the company’s plans for the future to showcase your engagement with the organisation as a whole. By preparing thoughtful questions, you can also assess if the company is the right fit for you and make a more informed decision if an offer is extended.

Dress and Body Language

Take into account the company’s dress code and culture. Dressing appropriately showcases your respect for the company and the occasion. Understanding the company’s dress code and culture can guide your attire choice. Body language can convey confidence and professionalism. Practice good posture, maintain eye contact, and offer a firm handshake to make a positive first impression.

Follow-Up Plan

Send a personalised thank-you email within 24 hours of the interview, expressing gratitude for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the position. Use the follow-up to mention something specific from the interview that resonated with you, reinforcing why you are a strong fit for the role.

Interview preparation is the crucial process of equipping yourself with the necessary skills, knowledge, and mindset to excel in a job interview. It involves thorough research about the company and position, understanding the job requirements and practicing common interview questions. Effective preparation not only enhances the chances of securing the desired position but also boosts confidence and reduces anxiety during the interview process.

Good luck, you’ve got this!

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