If you have an interview at short notice, you still need to be prepared. Our recruitment agency has helped people find jobs for over 14 years and these are the first things that you need to do to make sure you are suitably prepared without taking up lots of your time.
List Of Things You Need:-
Copy of the job advert or job description to hand.
2 Copies of your CV to take with you to the interview.
Organise exactly what you are wearing for the interview tomorrow – something smart.
Make sure you have the address of the lnterview location and the name of the person you are seeing and the time of the interview written down or printed out.
Make sure you know how you are going to get to the interview, do you have directions, bus routes etc? Calculate how long it will take to get there and plan to be early.
Once you have organised all of the above, now you can do your research, the first thing to do is read the job advert or the job description and look at the key attributes or skills the company are looking for in the candidate for the role. Write a short sentence for each of the key things they are looking for about why you match up to each of the attributes or skills they are looking for. (If you can’t match up to them all don’t worry – most companies don’t get candidates who are an “exact fit” and 7 out of 10 may be enough to get you the job. Go onto their website and see exactly what they do as a business, who their Managing Director is (you can google this if it’s not on their site) – how long they have been in business so that you have some knowledge of the company before you go into the interview. Write down some bullet point answers to the following 7 interview questions – this will help you be more confident in the interview tomorrow:-
Typical Interview Questions:-
Why are you looking for a new role? (How do you plan to position this to the client – never slate your current employer).
Why do you want to work for this company? (as opposed to any other company – read the company goals e.g. on their website, you need to make them feel that you specifically want to work for them – and not that you would take any role. Best to have a reason prepared).
Why should you get the job? (What skills and attributes make you a match for this position).
What is your strengths? ( have one prepared – ideally one that matches the clients requirements – your recruiter or job advert should tell you what is important to the interviewer/company in the candidate for this role).
What is your weaknesses? ( again have one prepared that’s not really a weakness – so you are not caught our and admit to something that could be detrimental to your application – for example “I get upset when someone promises my client something and does not deliver, because if I make a promise to a client I always keep it”.
What would be your first tasks if you get the role? ( what will you do in your first 30 days if they give you this role).
Do you have any questions? (Create a list of at least 2 questions – avoid holidays or pension questions – that way you have questions to ask at the end or you can confidently say :- “actually you answered all the questions that I had” which makes the client think that you actually had questions and that they did a good job.
Note: Give yourself plenty of time to get to your interview and remember preparation is the key. Good luck!
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