Great news – you’ve been offered an interview! The more carefully you prepare, the better you will do. With many interviews likely to be held remotely for the time being, see below for some key areas to focus on;
The Video Interview
If your interview is being held remotely, make sure you have downloaded or have access to the relevant video system being used, such as Zoom or Skype and make sure to practice using it several before the interview. Make sure the area you plan to interview in is a quiet, well lit, clean space with no interruptions.
Make sure that you get ahead and thoroughly research your potential future employer. This will help you to gain a better understanding of their business – letting them know you have done your research. You can use sources such as;
- The company website
- Social sites – particularly LinkedIn
- Industry specific websites/magazines
You want to gain as much information as possible on the company, their products, services, financial situation, competitors, problems, news, awards, culture.
Who will you be meeting with?
Try to find out, wherever possible, who you will be interviewing with whether it is the first, second or third interview. Do your homework and carry out some background research on the individual, LinkedIn can be very helpful with this.
Know your CV
Make sure that you know your own CV – revisit your CV and application form to refresh your memory on what you have already shared.
The Interview Questions
Think about the types of questions which could come up in the interview and prepare answers to these. Practice, practice, practice! Practice how you will answer these questions over again – ask a member of your family or a friend for help, or even in front of a mirror. This will help to increase your confidence and will result in you performing better at the interview.
You will usually have the opportunity to ask your questions towards the end of the interview and making sure you have some prepared will mean that you are not put on the spot. Make sure you write your questions up in advance – you can always add to these throughout the interview if a question springs to mind, and remember to tick off any that are covered/answered during the interview to avoid an embarrassing situation. Prepare questions that are well thought out and relevant to the organisation that you are meeting with. Avoid asking questions which you should already know the answer to.
- Details really do matter – From your outfit, posture and body language, to your manners – even on video a interview.
- Don’t forget, you are human. Be yourself and be genuine.
- The interview is just as much for you as it is the employer – you need to make sure that the people you are meeting with are the people you feel you can work with.
Above all, try to relax and enjoy it – Good Luck!
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