Everything You Need to Know to Become an Interview Prefect

Tips to become an interview prefect

So you’ve perfected your CV and landed an interview – congratulations! Now it’s time to nail your research and preparation. Not sure where to start? No need to worry – we have a handy 5 step guide that will turn you into an interview swot.

1.Know the company

The more you know about the company and role you are being interviewed for, the better the chance of success. Obtain as much information as you can from sources including:

  • The company website (look for ‘meet the team’ ‘about us’ and ‘latest news’ pages in particular)
  • Company social media pages
  • Google news
2. Know the role

Read the job description thoroughly and make notes about what you understand about the role/function. Don’t be afraid to request a job description if you have not been sent one. Be prepared for questions around the role including:

  • What interests you about this job?
  • What specific skills can you bring to this role?
  • What interests you about working for this company?
3. Know yourself

Sounds a simple point, but make sure you know your skills and career history inside and out. The more examples that you can give when answering questions the better; these might include:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? Strengths are easy to list, but weaknesses not as so – for the latter, why not talk about a time in your career when you have had to overcome a challenge, or an oversight?
  • What is your career roadmap in the next 1, 5, 10 years? What are your career goals?
  • Discuss the details of the projects you worked on and why they were a success.
  • Why are you leaving your current job? Try to avoid talking about your current employer in a negative light, instead be rational and factual.
  • Are you willing to travel? How far? As part of the role?
  • What are you passionate about?
4. Know the answer

It always helps to be ready for the odd difficult question that could potentially come your way. Here are a few examples:

  • Describe a decision you made that was a failure. What happened and why? For this question, focus on how you overcame the failure; either by turning it into a success or learning from it.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a co-worker who wasn’t doing his/her fair share of the work. What did you do and what was the outcome?
  • Have you worked with someone you didn’t like? If so, how did you handle it? There are always going to be some personal differences, focus here on how you managed to compromise on matters and work together professionally.
  • Describe your best boss/worst boss.

Don’t forget to prepare questions from yourself! These may include:

  • What are the next large projects that the company is working on?
  • What is the culture at the company like?
  • What is the next stage of the interview process?
  • What does a typical working day/week look like in this role?
  • What projects will I be working on? Which customers?
  • What is the intended start date of the role?
  • How many people work in this office/department?
  • What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
5. Know the interview

Finally, prepare for the interview itself;

  • Know the date and time – make an entry on your calendar and set a reminder alarm
  • Make sure you have the name of the interviewer and ask for them when you reach the venue
  • Plan your travel to get there as early as possible – allow for long delays
  • Know the parking arrangements- is there parking available at the interview? Is it free? If there is no parking, where is the nearest car park? All of this can eat into your interview travel time
  • Know the location – ask for a map/directions to be sure

Finally- good luck! We wish you all the best with your forthcoming interview.