Whether you are new to job hunting or you’ve been in the game for a while ‘winging it’ should never be an option.

Before the interview

Firstly, you need to make sure you have researched into the company. You need to ensure that you understand the job and how your working background would make a great fit for the position they are recruiting for. From doing this you’ll not only get the knowledge but also the confidence. This means no unexpected surprises during the interview process.

A few key things to cover when researching into the company:

  • Research into your job role
  • Find the address if the interview is in person
  • Think about the questions the interviewer might ask and the answers to them
  • Prepare some questions for the end of the interview

Looking into the job role will give you a full understanding of what the role entails. You’ll also know exactly what the employer is looking for in a candidate. A lack of research will also show that you are not interested.

The day before the interview

  • If the interview is face to face, ensure you know where you are going
  • Gather all important documentation (ID, up to date CV, relevant certificates, examples of work and relevant qualifications)
  • Review the research you previously completed on the company
  • Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview
  • Choose a suitable outfit for the interview
  • Get a good night’s sleep

By sorting out all the above in advance you will be more prepared and less stressed on the day of the interview.

The day of the interview

Make sure you don’t panic and stay calm. This will help you talk coherently.

If your interview is face to face, ensure that you plan on arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled interview time. If you are going to be late for any reason contact the interviewer as early as possible.

If the interview is over the phone, ensure that you are ready for the interview at the agreed time. Be sure to have your CV with you so that when you are asked about your job history you can easily read off that without forgetting about any little details. Make sure your phone is fully charged so it will not run out of battery during the phone call.