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How To Prepare

Prepare Your Offensive:


Now going into an interview is no different from going into battle. The end result is to come out the winner! The better your offensive, the more chance you have at winning the interviewer over. Your objective is to succeed. How are you going to do this? Well you need to know where you are going and how you are going to get there. You need to know what traps or pitfalls there are along the way, so the best practice is to plan and be prepared. Simple isn’t it; so what have you got to do? Well you have got to win over the interviewer. The only way of doing this is by convincing him, or her, that you are the man, or woman, for the job. You are going to achieve this by showing the interviewer that you know about their organisation, know about the job, know how to do the job and would be the best person for the role. The is done by preparation so you can present yourself as cool, calm, collected but not too cocky! If you have ever played a new computer game or purchased a new item of equipment you know that your job is going to be much easier if you get the instructions our first to work out how to operate it, rather than rushing in all with guns blazing without doing any research.


Do Some Research About The Employer:


Now I am no easy employer to work for. I have allocated my time for you to attend an interview and I have also spent some time reading through your CV and application form. In return I think that after inviting you to come along and see me, the least I can expect is for you to have spent some of your time doing a bit of research about my company and what we do. Not every employer takes this stance but many do. By doing a little research this will show the interviewer that you have put some effort into trying to get this job. Besides which, are you really looking to apply to work for a company you know nothing about? If so, you can’t really be that serious about the interview. It’s really simple to do research on a company. Get hold of the company’s sales brochures, reports and accounts. The easiest way to obtain this information is to ring up the receptionist and ask for a copy. You could say something like “I’ve got an interview with your company and I would like to find out a bit more about your organisation. Please could you send me some of your literature?” This is not so easy if it’s only a small employer. However you can also look at the company’s web site if they have one, research local news items by visiting the local library and searching the newspaper archives outlining press releases. It’s easy to do this. Visit your local branch and explain what you are after and I am sure they will help. Remember you get out of life what you put in. Invest time and effort and you will be rewarded.

Be Prepared For The Interview:


There are several areas that you must be ensure you have covered when preparing for the interview. The first fundamental one being not to be late! Before the big day, plan your route. If you are going by car have a trial run and see how long it takes you to get there. The same rule applies if you are going by bus or train. When you have determined how long it is likely to take you, add half an hour to the journey. If you are early, don’t worry. You can always have a drink or read your magazine, but one thing is for sure you will be calm and more relaxed, whereas if you are running late you will be on edge; not a good start to an interview. Take a phone with you (or money to use a phone box) just in case something happens. It is very discourteous to be late and it really annoys most people, so you aren’t going to get off to a good start on that basis. Just as a pointer it’s always a good idea to take a pen and paper with you or alternatively a briefcase or handbag with a pen and paper in it.

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  1. Preparing For The Interview
  2. How To Prepare
  3. First Impressions
  4. During An Interview - Coping With Nerves
  5. During An Interview - Projecting The Right Image
  6. The Interview
  7. The Most Popular Interview Questions
  8. The Tough Interview Questions
  9. Your Questions For The Interviewer
  10. Psychometric Testing
  11. Assessment Centers
  12. Second Interviews
  13. What To Do While Your Waiting To Hear
  14. What To Do If You Get The Job
 
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