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Our guide to effectively preparing for an interview

Successfully moving onto the interview process when applying for a job role is exciting for any prospect, however nerves over a forthcoming interview can diminish the excitement for many.

Allowed to develop, nerves can have a significant impact on how well a candidate does in a job interview, therefore it is essential for anyone heading to interview to have the ideal preparation techniques in their repertoire that will not only help to reduce nerves, but also give you a much better chance of moving on to the next stage of the recruitment process.

Take a look at our top tips below on how to effectively prepare for interview.

Research the company

It is astounding how many candidates fail to research a company prior to an interview with them, despite that this is great way to showcase your enthusiasm for a role and help you to stand out from other candidates. Ensure you understand what they do, the types of clients/ customers they work with, how long they have been established and even some information on the company culture from research into their social media activity.

Research the industry

A thorough knowledge of industry trends, issues and opportunities will be sure to impress any potential employer. It will ultimately highlight that you are fully prepared to embrace the role and indicates to a company that you will be an asset.

Revisit your application

The recruitment process can, at times, take quite a while between initial application to interview, therefore we would highly recommend you revisit your application. Focus on the questions asked, your answers and think about how you could expand on these answers should you be asked in for interview.

Look back over the job description

Refresh your memory of the role itself (responsibilities, who you would report to, etc), but also take a look at the company’s description of their ideal candidate with regards to skills and experience. From this you can begin to plan explanations as to how your own skills and experience match those in the description, and examples of when these skills have been evidenced within your previous experience.

Prepare your answers

You can find countless examples of typical questions asked within an interview online, and whilst many may not actually be asked during interview, preparing your answers to such questions ahead of time is likely to encourage a more thorough answer than those thought up on the spot.

Identify your own questions

Surprisingly, we have found that one of the most nerve wracking aspects for candidates is the opportunity at the end of an interview to ask the interviewer questions. This is an essential aspect to each and every interview, it should provide more insight for you, on the ins and outs of a job role, including, career progression, training opportunities, company culture, hours, holidays and so on. If you have followed our previous tips, then you should naturally begin to form a list of questions you want to ask your interviewer.

Some extra tips to prepare

Know your journey – Make sure you know the way to your interview, accounting for traffic at that particular time of day, and ensuring that you arrive ten minutes early.

The night before your interview – Save yourself any added stress on the morning of an interview by preparing your outfit the night before, ensure you get plenty of sleep and have breakfast before you leave.

Ensure you have all necessary items required – A pen and notepad are always handy to have in an interview, and double check that you are taking all you need to your interview (i.e. do they need to see a passport? CV? Driver’s license? Etc).

Our expert team of recruiters here at Mainline are highly experienced in preparing candidates for interview, giving them the best possible chance of moving onto the next stage of the recruitment process. Take a look at our current job vacancies to find your next career step.