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Interview preparation advice

Expert advice on how to prepare for a job interview.

Interview in progress sign If your initial job application has been successful, the next stage is the interview. The purpose of an interview is for the employer to ascertain whether or not you are the right candidate for the job and for you to find out if the company is right for you.

Before you attend your interview, it is essential that you are fully prepared. Before you arrive, you should:

  • Research the company - e.g. visit the company's website or read brochures, press releases and reports. If possible, also speak to current employees;
  • Find out more about the job by reading the job advertisement and specification;
  • Check if there is anything that you need to take with you, e.g. a portfolio;
  • Think about potential questions that may be asked and prepare your responses. If you ask how long the interview will take, you will gain an idea of how in depth your answers will need to be;
  • Find out whether you will be required to take a test or give a presentation;
  • Make a list of all the questions that you would like to ask at the interview;
  • Re-read your CV or application and take a copy with you to the interview;
  • Find out when and where the interview will be held, where you will need to report to when you arrive and the name of your interviewer(s);
  • Plan your journey. If you are not familiar with the location of the company, do a dummy run;
  • Plan what you are going to wear in advance;
  • On the day of the interview, ensure that you arrive in plenty of time.