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The interview preparation guide

So, your CV and application have been successful and now you need to prepare for the next stage, the interview. This preparation is crucial as are the examples you provide.

You need 5 things to start your preparation:

1 Your CV & covering letter

You must know exactly what you have written in your CV & Covering letter. When asked, you must be able to evidence anything you have highlighted with examples of work or scenarios.

2 The job specification

Understanding every element of the role and demonstrating knowledge in those areas will ensure you are not be caught out in the interview by any question.

3 Company information

More often than not employers want to know why you want to work for them and a generic answer wont do.

Know the companys core competencies, market position, competitors and what makes their culture different. More often than not employers want to know why you want to work for them and a generic answer wont do. Use research and individual reasons for your application. Make it personal.

Research can be done on the Internet via the corporate website, competitor websites, databases, company literature, newspapers and trade publications.

More often than not employers want to know why you want to work for them and a generic answer wont do. Use research and individual reasons for your application.

4 Questions

Always prepare questions to ask as the interviewer will enquire. Create a list of 5-10 questions and decide sequence and priority. Be careful to always listen as the interviewer may well answer your question within the interview.

5 Time to rehearse

The final task is to rehearse. Answer typical questions out loud so you can hear and time your answers.

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