It is almost guaranteed that at some stage in your life you will have a job interview. It can be a daunting task and if you don’t prepare properly – you may not sell yourself to the best of your potential. Here are some top tips to secure that dream job!
Learn how to ‘use’ your C.V. An interviewer will often start proceedings reviewing your C.V and asking you specific questions. Make sure you have practiced giving summaries of all your previous roles and qualifications. It is important to describe the skills and experience gained and how they are beneficial to your desired role.
Do your research. It is certain that you will be asked at least one question on your knowledge of the prospective company. Make sure you have an in-depth understanding of the services they provide, their competitors and current affairs within the sector you will be working. Further specific knowledge such as new product launches and earning releases will always be beneficial.
Prepare questions of your own. An interview is a two way process and usually the candidate is given the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions at the end. This is a great opportunity to make yourself stand out. Ask questions that will demonstrate your intelligence, understanding of the company and desire to join.
Know your strengths. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. This enables you to answer questions and provide examples of how your personal strengths would be advantageous. Conversely, knowing your weaknesses is very beneficial as it allows you to steer conversation away from areas you feel less confident in.
Good Luck! Make sure you are fully aware of the interview format. Dress appropriately, and ensure you arrive on time. Be confident in your ability and try to leave a long lasting impression.
Information source: www.prospects.ac.uk