Interview Preparation Checklist: Impress Your Potential Employer01 May, 20223 minutes
Your Ultimate Interview Preparation Checklist: Impress Your Potential Employer Congratulati...
Your Ultimate Interview Preparation Checklist: Impress Your Potential Employer
Congratulations! You have made it to the interview stage. While your CV and cover letter may have impressed the hiring manager enough to land you an interview, it is essential to remember that the interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you are the best fit for the role. Preparing for an interview can be overwhelming, but with the right approach and checklist, you can increase your chances of success.
To help you prepare for your next interview, we have created the ultimate interview preparation checklist. This checklist includes everything you need to do before and during the interview to ensure you are fully prepared and confident to impress your potential employer.
Before the Interview
1. Schedule time off from your current employer.
When you receive an invitation to attend an interview, you need to arrange time off from your current employer. Ensure you provide adequate notice to your employer, and try to avoid scheduling your interview during a busy period or deadline.
2. Speak to your recruitment consultant for a full interview brief.
Your recruitment consultant can provide you with valuable information that can help you prepare for your interview. Request a full interview brief, including the interview date, time, location, and who you will be meeting. Also, find out if the interview will be a one-on-one session or if you will be interviewed by multiple people.
3. Do your online homework.
Research the company and its values, products, services, and customers. Check the company's website, social media channels, and blog to get a good understanding of their operations. Take note of any exciting developments, future growth plans, or recent news that you can bring up in your interview.
4. Review the job description and your CV.
Review the job description and compare it to your CV. Identify areas where your experience aligns with the job requirements and think of specific examples that demonstrate your skills and experience.
5. Prepare for competency-based questions.
Competency-based interviews are popular with employers, and it is essential to prepare adequately for them. Use the STAR method to structure your responses, which stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result. Prepare at least three examples for each competency, and download our report "The Ultimate Guide on How to Prepare for a Competency-Based Interview" from our website for more guidance.
6. Prepare documents to support your success.
If you have any letters of commendation, your last performance review, thank-you notes, or awards, bring them with you to your interview. These documents can serve as proof of your successes and reinforce your claims of being a top performer.
7. Prepare questions to ask your future employer.
Prepare questions to ask the interviewer. Ensure that the questions are about the company's future and the role you are applying for, rather than compensation and benefits. Asking the right questions demonstrates your interest in the company and the role.
8. Dress appropriately. Plan what to wear in advance.
Dress appropriately, depending on the company culture and the position you are applying for. If you are unsure, ask your recruitment consultant for guidance.
During the Interview
1. Be on time.
Punctuality is crucial when attending an interview. Arrive at least ten minutes before the scheduled interview time. This way, you have time to prepare mentally and freshen up before the interview.
2. Stay calm.
It's normal to feel anxious before an interview, but try to remain calm and composed. Remember, the interviewer wants to know if you are the right fit for the role, and they are not there to intimidate you.
3. Be confident.
Confidence is key during an interview. Speak clearly, maintain eye contact, and use positive body language. Remember to smile, as it shows that you are approachable and friendly.