There are a number of factors to consider when preparing for an interview, but there will also be specific requirements for different roles – we will always offer advice and guidance.
Be prepared. Make sure you know your own CV and can easily talk through all your experience in detail. Research the organisation using their website, press articles, financial information and company structure. If you have been asked to prepare a presentation, make sure that you are confident with the content, practice delivery aloud and time yourself.
What to wear. This will depend on where the interview is taking place – if in doubt, it’s best to dress smartly. When using an agency, they should be able to provide information on what to wear and any special requirements, for example, you may need to wear PPE if the interview includes a site visit.
What to take. If you need to take anything along, we will let you know when confirming the interview. It is good practice to take your main qualifications, examples of your work, a copy of your CV, a notebook and pen.
Know where you are going and who you are meeting. Whilst it sounds obvious, planning your travel arrangements, arriving in plenty of time and asking for the right person will help to keep you relaxed. Arriving late or forgetting the name of the interviewer will give a poor impression before you have had an opportunity to even begin the interview.
Greet your interviewer. A firm handshake and eye contact will help to start the interview on a professional note. A good interviewer will offer you a drink and a seat and make polite conversation to put you at ease whilst you get settled before beginning the formal interview.
Communication. Maintain eye contact, listen carefully to any questions and if you need to, take some time to answer, ensuring that you clearly answer the questions asked of you. Building good rapport and clear communication is essential.
Asking questions. Based on the research you have done you should prepare questions for the interviewer. Ensure your questions are relevant and take the opportunity to show interest in both the role on offer and the wider organisation.