10 must-dos to prepare for an interview

1. Research the Company: Understand the company's mission, values, products, and services. Tailor your responses to demonstrate alignment with the company culture and goals.

2. Prepare Answers: Anticipate common interview questions and prepare thoughtful responses that highlight your skills, experiences, and achievements relevant to the position.

3. Dress Appropriately: Dress professionally according to the company culture and industry standards. When in doubt, it's better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed. If you are going through an agency always ask beforehand to check the companies dress code.

4. Arrive Early: Plan to arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to the interview location if the interview is face to face. If your interview is virtual aim to access the call early to ensure there is no technical issues.  Punctuality demonstrates reliability and respect for the interviewer's time.

5. Resume: Have a copy of your resume printed and neatly organised in a folder to distribute to interviewers if needed or to refer to during the interview if it is virtual. 

6. Ask Questions: Prepare insightful questions to ask the interviewer about the role, company culture, team dynamics, and expectations. This demonstrates your interest and engagement in the opportunity.

7. Show Enthusiasm: Display genuine enthusiasm for the position and company throughout the interview. Smile, maintain eye contact, and engage actively in the conversation.

8. Highlight Achievements: Use specific examples from your past experiences to illustrate your skills and accomplishments. Quantify your achievements whenever possible to provide concrete evidence of your capabilities.

9. Address Weaknesses Positively: Be prepared to discuss your weaknesses or areas for improvement honestly, but frame them in a way that demonstrates self-awareness and a proactive approach to self-improvement.

10. Follow Up: Either contact the agency to share your interview feedback or if you found the role directly send a thank-you email to the contact within 24 hours of the interview, expressing your appreciation for the opportunity and reaffirming your interest in the position.

By following these steps, you can alleviate your pre-interview nerves and approach the interview with confidence. Good luck!

Written by Charlie Shepherd

Posted by: March Recruitment