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Interview Tip #2 - Interview Preparation

Interview Tip #2 - Interview Preparation

Ask any employer with experience of interviewing for their number one complaint about interviewees and it will almost always revolve around a lack of preparation.

‘Preparation’ is not simply asking (and then being told) the name, address and contact number of who will interview you … although that information is certainly important!

Nowadays with the internet allowing free and easy access to information, there is even less excuse for poor preparation. The double edge to this sword is of course that doing your research is no longer impressive on its own.

Talk to your recruitment consultant about what matters to the prospective employer. Find out what sort of organisation they are as well as the particulars of the role. It’s also important to ascertain the management style of the person who may hire you. Use all available information sources – print, digital and of course human to get up to speed on the role/company you will be interviewing with.

BUT don’t leave it at that: the best candidates are those who think about key areas of focus that will come up during the interview – your experience level and skill set, particular situations that are prevalent, “what was your contribution to your last company’s goals in your last role”, “how did you handle a particular scenario” etc.

Good preparation and strong answers to these questions is what separates great from average candidates.

If you are not given advice on “behavioural interview questioning,” you may want to consider asking for more information from your recruitment consultant!


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