Job interview technique | What to do before a job interview

Preparation is key to interview success, do your research. The key place to look is their web site. Make sure you know major events that have happened at the company, particularly those that will relate to your position. The next step is to research the wider industry of the company, for example tax changes the industry might be facing or new products that have come into the market. Impress the interviewer with your knowledge and show them you'll be able to start the job running.

Make sure you know the name and job title of the person that is interviewing you. Try and find out something about their role at the company as it will help you to make a connection with them.

Think through some answers to common questions. Using web sites like this is a good start, but also ask your friends what they think you'll be asked.

Look through what you have written on your CV and in your cover letter. This is likely to be the only information that the interviewer will have about you. Make sure you know and can explain everything in these documents as they are likely to frame much of the first interview.

Physically prepare for the job interview. Get a good night sleep the night before the interview and have a full breakfast on the day.

Dress smartly and appropriately. Look on our what to wear section to get some ideas of possible outfit choices.

Plan your route to the where the job interview is taking place. Make sure you know the address and how you are planning to get there. If you have the time it might be worth making a trial run so you are confident of the route and how long it will take.

Get to the job interview on time. Arrive at the job interview about ten minutes before the interview is due to start. If you are early take some time to get your thoughts together outside the office. Do not be tempted to go in too early, it will not show eagerness, it will show poor time management.


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