Preparing for an interview is as important as any other stage of the process. The good news is that if you have been invited for an interview, the employer has already decided you are a potential match for their vacancy. The interview itself will be used by both parties to determine if you fit into the company and team culture.
From the employer's perspective, your CV will have demonstrated that you have the level of experience and technical expertise they are seeking and you should be prepared to expand on anything you have detailed on your CV. Make sure you know your own CV inside out and be prepared to outline how you would fit into the role you are interviewing for. An interview is as much about compatibility as competence.
You need to make full use of the interview to determine whether the company is able to offer you the professional growth and career development you seek. To do this you should prepare some questions to ask. Your success can be enhanced or hindered by the quality of your preparation. Before you attend the interview you should research as much background information as you can about the company, the market and its competition.
Many companies proudly state their achievements and more general information on their corporate website, so this is a good starting point. You could also contact the marketing department for a brochure. If you are being put forward through an agency, ask them for information on both the company and the interviewer.
In terms of getting to the interview, you should plan your route and allow plenty of time to reach the destination. You should enquire about parking arrangements at the venue and make sure you are presented appropriately. Aim to arrive approximately 15 minutes early, take a few copies of your CV and make sure you know the name and title of your interviewer.
If you are well prepared for the interview, your next priority is to come across as motivated and enthusiastic. The way you interact and your body language will provide the potential employer with an impression that you want to ensure is positive. Make sure you are polite and friendly to everyone you meet. Always try to retain good etiquette by greeting your interviewer by their last name and a firm handshake. Wait until you are prompted to sit down, adopt a positive posture and look alert and interested at all times.
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