Preparing for an Interview
An important part of your job search is the Interview, your CV has got you this far and the hiring manager is keen to find out more about you, your skills, ability and whether you will be a good fit culturally into the business.
To help you during the interview process, Core Talent have put together this guide of everything we think you need to do to prepare for an interview. It’s a formula we find works well for our candidates.
The guide covers research, to sample questions and general preparation.
The first thing to do is to ensure that you cover the ‘obvious’ bases. You need to know about the company.
Your objective is to have a good idea of the following and more:
Products & Solutions Offered
Clients/Customers & Competitors
This information can be acquired from:
Client’s Job Specification
The Internet. Print out copies of key web pages and put in your folder. If the interviewer happens to spot them he/she will automatically see that you have done some research.
Discussion Documents are a simple document to help you get your points across.
Discussion Documents are by no means compulsory but can give you an edge and the great thing is you can use it at pretty much every interview you go to.
Your document could cover specific examples of qualities likely to be required:
You are likely to be asked on the above so make sure you think of examples before you go in. If you have any relevant experience, be sure to include it as part of your examples.
The interview is a two way process, if the job is not’t right for you then you will (and should) turn it down. Your questions give you the chance to qualify the role, the company and to see if there is a fit. Also, if you don’t ask questions the interviewer will wonder whether you are truly interested.
Pre-typed questions will also score highly in the interview because you are again demonstrating organization and preparation.
Avoid producing questions on scrappy bits of paper covered in spider scrawl – Make sure you they are pre-typed. The added bonus here is that you can use the same questions for other interviews.
The questions you ask should be relevant to the job
Sample Questions to ask:
You’ve obviously been very successful. What’s your background?
What were the main reasons for you joining [Company]?
What makes [Company] a good place to work? How would you describe the culture?
What does a typical day in the role involve?
How many people are in the team?
What makes your business successful? How much of that do you see in me?
How would you see me potentially fitting in?
What training is provided?
If I came in and did really well, what would the opportunities for progression be?
Don’t discuss money too soon. This is a real common mistake – it creates a negative impression if the interviewer thinks all you are interested in is what company car is on offer or what expenses are paid. Make them actually want you before you try and get the best deal.
Some of the best questions are those which involve the interviewer and get them talking e.g.. ‘What is your background?’ You will find that people actually talk themselves into liking you.