Interview Preparation

Thorough preparation is an essential part of being successful at an interview. In fact, many candidates fail to get the job they are seeking not due to a lack of ability, but because they did not perform well during the interview. We recommend that you take a few moments to read the following suggestions to better prepare for your interview.

Do your research: It is important to do some research about the company you are going to interview with. In almost every interview situation, you may be asked to confirm what you know about the company to which you are applying. The detail and complexity of your answer depends on the role you are applying for and the level of seniority, but it is critical that you demonstrate that you have done your homework and understand the company, the market and the competitor landscape. Their website is always a good research tool and if you have time, call the company and ask them to send you any relevant corporate communications.

Knowing about what is in store for you and expressing knowledge about the company can be invaluable. Your Great Connections Hiring Representative can help you by providing details about the client company's work environment, requirements and work attire.

Prepare your answers: While you can never know exactly what you will be asked, there are many questions which consistently come up during interviews. By using the internet and doing your research you can have a bank of answers ready for most questions. There will always be questions that surprise you, but if you’ve thought through your work history, prepared examples and know your résumé inside and out, you should be able to answer everything competently.

Plan to be on time: Punctuality is absolutely crucial when trying to make a good first impression. It should go without saying that showing up late to an interview can ruin your chances of getting the job. Nevertheless, many people turn up late for an interview, because they got lost. Know the address, print out a map and if possible do a trial run so you know exactly how long it will take to get there. Always take the main reception telephone number with you, in case of an emergency, and give yourself plenty of time. Great Connections recommends that you arrive for your interview at least ten minutes early.

Finally, an interview is as much about first impressions as it is about your skills and experiences. Show confidence by greeting your interviewer with a firm handshake while looking them in the eye.