When it comes to excelling at interviews, the reality is that people who prepare intelligently and put in sheer hard work are the ones who perform well. The 5 Ps – Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance – are well known for a good reason; because they work! Here are a few tips to help you crack your next interview…
Think about the questions that you could be asked and prepare answers in advance. You can then practice them out loud to ensure that you can deliver them confidently and succinctly on the day.
Researching the company prior to your interview will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the organisation and industry. You should be able to answer the question ‘what do you know about the company?’ with confidence.
Here are a few things you might want to consider finding out:
It’s important to be able to talk about what’s currently happening at the company and within the industry, so keep an eye on recent press articles and business news. If you want to access financial data then you can contact Companies House. You’ll have to pay a small fee for any documents that you need.
You can also use LinkedIn to research the company and if you know who is interviewing you, have a look at their profile as well. Researching your interviewer will give you a clearer indication of their role in the organisation and the working relationship you may have with them, which can help you to predetermine the questions they might ask. For example, if they are a Finance Director they may ask finance related questions around saving costs or improving efficiency, whereas an interviewer with a technical background may focus more on the technical aspects of the role.
You can expect to be asked questions about your CV so it’s a good idea to get to know it inside and out. Potential questions could include:
Many companies will provide a job description and it’s important to review this and the person specification criteria thoroughly. This will enable you to prepare answers to questions such as ‘what do you know about the role?’ and ‘what makes you the perfect person for the position?’
Once you’ve completed your research and prepared your answers, it’s also important to think about questions for the interviewer. Asking the right questions takes as much skill as giving the right answers, so it’s a good idea to prepare a broad range to choose from. Here are a few examples:
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