Preparing well for interviews will help you to be ready for the questions an employer may ask you. It also gives you the best chance of doing well in the interview.
You will need to give examples of the skills you mention in your CV or application form. To help you, look at the job description and make a list of the skills that are needed for the job. You can then prepare examples of when you have used these skills.
The next step is to find out as much as you can about the company. This can be done on the internet. By using this information in your interview, you will show the employer that you are serious about the job.
Some of the things you should find out are:
- Number of employees
- Products and services
- Company values
- Mission statement.
Asking the interviewer questions will show that you are interested in the company and the role. Also prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview.
Our online workshops on preparing for interviews will give examples of what questions to ask.
Here are some other questions you could ask:
- What kind of training will I be given if I am offered this job?
- Who are your main competitors? What do you do to make yourself better than them?
- What do you think it takes to be successful in this job?
As well as knowing what to say, you need to make a good first impression with your appearance, behaviour and body language.
To help you, watch our short video on preparing for interviews confidently: