The five things to do before a job interview.

You’ve got through the first part of the job application and you’ve been provided an interview, CONGRATULATIONS!

Now with preparation you can insure a higher level of success using the following points:

Research:

Find out as much as possible about the company. The interviewer will rightly see your efforts as a sign of commitment.

Travel Plans:

Make sure you obtain clear directions for the location of the interview – and plan your journey. Using Google Maps will give you an idea of how long it’ll take you to get there. Make sure you arrive early!

You’re CV:

Review your CV and make sure you have positive answers if the interviewer wants more detail on the information you have supplied.

Job Description:

Read the job description carefully and think of ways in which your experience would benefit the company and where the challenges would lie for you. If it helps, print your CV and the job description and take it with you.

Your Questions:

Prepare the questions that you want answered and ask them.

After the interview is too late!

Always ask open questions, e.g. those beginning: How? What? Which? Where? Why? When?

Consider asking the following if not already covered:

  • “How will you assess my performance within the role?”
  • “What are the longer term opportunities for promotion?”
  • “How has the position become vacant?”
  • “What encouragement is given to undertake further training?”

And if you’re feeling confident and you feel you’ve built a good rappor you could ask:

“Do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications or experience?”

This question shows that you’re not afraid of critical feedback – in fact, you welcome it. You get a chance to address concerns face-to-face without being too confrontational.

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