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Poor preparation leads to poor performance

It is a well-proven cliché that usually the person who gets the job is not the best person but the person who interviews the best. This often translates to the person who prepares the best – so consider the following:

  • Before entering the interview door make sure you know the background to the company, their key activities and detail about the job in question.
  • Access the company’s website.
  • Request company marketing literature.
  • Do a company check and send for company accounts.
  • Research the company’s market sector and competition on the internet.
  • Do a dummy run to ensure you know exactly where you are going for the interview.
  • Allow time for clearing security gate etc…
  • Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview time. This will allow you time to get a feel for the company and read any relevant information that may be in the reception area.
  • Use your research to make sure you have a list of questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Prepare answers to standard questions - a sample of these are listed below.
  • Make sure you know your own CV.

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