- Tasks/duties/responsibilities (from job advertisement, position description, selection criteria and previous employees)
- Position within the organisation’s structure
- Key relationships and stakeholders
- Physical location of where you will be working
RESEARCH THE INTERVIEW
- Who will be interviewing you
- Where the interview will take place
- Interview format and how long it will take
- Travel time to the interview location
- The most appropriate travel mode to use to ensure you arrive at the interview ten minutes ahead of schedule (is it best to drive and park or should you take public transport?)
- What to wear (for an office job, you should choose business wear which means a skirt or trouser suit for ladies and a business suit for men. If unsure, ask your career/employment counsellor or agency.)
RESEARCH THE INTERVIEWERS
Visit the company’s website to learn about them including their role, responsibilities, skills and experience. You can also check out their public LinkedIn, BeKnown and other online profiles to find out more about them.
A good interview coach will also provide you with practical strategies to overcome nervousness, answer difficult questions (including behavioural/competency-based, case studies) and how to address an interview panel effectively.
If you follow these tips and prepare for your interview well, you'll not only feel more confident at your interview but be more likely to perform well. Rather giving less than professional, knee-jerk style responses, you'll be able to answer your interviewer's questions with composure and flair.
Lisa LaRue, MCareerDev, BSocSc(HumServ&Couns), DipCareerGuid, MCDI/RCDP is a Career & Interview Coach at CareerWorx www.careerworx.co.uk.