Preparation and Research for an Interview

 

  • Research and preparation is the key to a successful interview. Employers are looking for ‘the best’ person for the job and the decision will be based on this brief meeting. Ensure you speak confidently about the post and know some background to the company.
  • You will receive a full interview confirmation from ASH Elite, which will confirm where the interview is being held and the date and time. It will also include hyperlinks to the individuals who will be interviewing you, and it is recommended that you research these individuals in advance of your interview too.
  • Plan your route in advance and allow plenty of time in case of traffic or misdirection. Ensure you know where to park if you are driving.
  • Research the company background and the position you are applying for. Knowledge of the company will show genuine interest and help you to gain an insight into the day to day running of their affairs.
    • Check the company website. It will provide an array of interesting and relevant materials including publications (some on your specialism), press releases and literature regarding the company ethos, its’ vision and policies.
    • If it is a senior position, it may be advisable to obtain an annual report of the company to discuss at the interview.
    • Consider what questions you may be asked at the interview.
  • Read and re-read your CV. It is vital you are familiar with the content. Your CV will be the basis for discussion at the interview and you could be questioned on any aspect. Take several copies with you and review the CV whilst waiting to be seen.
  • Consider dress code. Your appearance should be smart, even if the company is quite informal. A first impression is a lasting one. Wear a suit to suggest a professional and formal approach.
  • Ensure you have prepared some pertinent questions to ask during the interview. Your research will highlight areas for discussion.