The key to a good interview is preparation
Interview Preparation. Comprehensively research the company (size, products, annual sales revenue, principal lines of business and locations, etc.). This will not only make you feel more comfortable during the interview, but it will also prepare you to show genuine interest in the company. The company website should be the first port of call in regards company research. If using a recruitment company they should provide you with a more sucking version of what the company is about and what its hopes and aspirations are for the future.
Know the exact place and time of the interview, the interviewer’s full name, and their title. Find out how many people are involved in the interviewing process and who the final decision maker is.
Take the appropriate telephone number with you along with directions to their office.
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.
Be prepared to ask questions during the interview. Your questions allow the hiring manager to evaluate your professional and personal needs. Insightful questions help both of you determine if your relationship will be mutually rewarding. Avoid questions that relate to salary, benefits, vacations, and retirement.
Allow sufficient time for the interview. Plan to arrive exactly fifteen minutes before your actual appointment. There is no excuse for tardiness on the day of your interview.
Consider carefully what to wear to your interview. 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.
Keep a positive frame of mind. Set other concerns aside and focus on what you are going to accomplish at the interview. Relax.
Researching the Company
Researching a company thoroughly increases your chances of being successful at interview.
Below we set out useful web links for researching companies:
- Find and read through the company website.
- Google News searches thousands of news sources for company information. Log on to www.google.ie and click on News.
- Search the website www.dogpile.com. It is a meta-search engine that will search the major search engines (Google, MSN, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves) and give you the top results from each.
- If the company is listed, look at Yahoo Finance – www.yahoo.com and click on Finance. This pulls together such resources as Reuters, PR Newswire, Businesswire, and Market Guide to provide comprehensive information on public companies.