How To Land Your Dream Job – Interview Preparation

by / Monday, 15 October 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

You’ve just received a call inviting you to interview. Great! You have a week to prepare but aren’t sure where to start. Interviews are a chance for you to talk yourself up and for you to ask questions about the job and company. If you’ve been to interviews before you’ll be aware of the ‘where do you see yourself in 5 years’ question. You have a week to prepare but it will fly by, so here’s a few tips to help you with interview prep.  Still looking for jobs? Check out our Job search guide.


Know your stuff

Research is key – make sure you know exactly what you are going into.

  1. Your CV – You may have written it but it’s likely you might have forgotten some things that are included. Read it through a couple of times and print a few copies to take along with you. This can be useful in case the interviewer has forgotten yours or to prompt you.
  2. The Company – Most interviewers will ask “what do you know about this company”. With the internet at the touch of our fingertips you can find out almost anything. Visit the company’s website, read their news feed, about us & sign up for mailers. Follow them on social media. Make sure you are thoroughly familiar with them before you go to the interview. If you want to make notes as you go, even better, that way you aren’t relying on your memory.
  3. The Job – You’ve applied for the job, but you should know and understand what the job entails. Employers will often ask, “why do you want this job” or “why are you right for this role” and you need to be prepared. Read the specification, note any keywords or important skills that are required. Jot down next to these what experience or training you have that qualifies you.
  4. The Industry – You should have a good idea of the background of the industry. Read websites that discuss the industry and swat up on new and upcoming technology or changes.  Trade magazines are a good place to look and you can often find back issues.

Question time

Prepare to be asked lots of questions and have some to ask yourself.

  1. Typical Questions – A quick ‘google’ search will bring up lots of blogs about typical interview questions. It’s worth having a read. Some include the “where do you see yourself in 5 years” question but there are many more out there. Note down your answers to these questions. It can often help to have written something down, even if you don’t use it in the interview.
  2. Competency – Some companies will ask to you do a competency-based exam or may ask you questions about your knowledge on a subject. Read up on the industry and make sure you know what you are talking about.
  3. Examples – Having examples that demonstrate your knowledge or experience is a good way to show how you overcame obstacles. When you are looking up typical questions, try to think of examples that you can use in an interview. Write these down so you can refer to them if you need to.
  4. Questions – This is one of the most important things you can do. No matter what, always go into an interview with a few questions written down. Even if your questions get answered during the interview, it can show that you have thought about the role. Remember, “what’s it like to work here” is not a bad question. If you think of something during the interview, write it down so you don’t forget it.

Prepare yourself

As the boy scouts say, be prepared.

  1. Practice an interview – Once you have compiled answers to some of the typical interview questions, it’s time to practice. Find someone, a trusted colleague, friend, partner or family member who can be the interviewer and try out an interview. They can tell you if you are speaking too quickly and it can help to calm nerves.
  2. What you need to know – Write down the name of interviewer, location, and time. Ensure you have this and a phone number available in case of bad traffic. Bring a notepad and pen (and a spare) with you, along with copies of your CV.
  3. Dress to Impress – Lay out what you plan to wear in advance. Make sure its all clean, ironed etc and your shoes are polished. Feeling confident starts on the inside and knowing you are dressed smartly is a good way to boost your confidence.
  4. Getting there – Plan your route to the interview in advance. Check it on google maps or similar and even try the route a few days before. Dummy runs can take the stress out of a journey to an unknown destination. Ensure your phone is fully charged so if you do encounter an issue you can call and let the interviewer know. But remember to turn it off before the interview!

So now we’ve given you some tips on preparing for interview, you are on your next step to finding your dream job.