Preparing for interviews

The Moniker “fail to plan, plan to fail” has never been more apt then when preparing for an interview. The quality of your preparation and the success or failure of the interview may have a significant positive or negative impact on your future career and earnings.

We will ensure that you have been thoroughly briefed about your potential employer; familiarize you with their website and provide you with a summary of their overall business and the team or business unit of which you would be a part, or lead.

Where possible we will provide some background to the employment history of the interviewer to help you to understand their experience and standpoint.

Crucially, we will endeavor to provide you with our view of what the interviewer is looking for.

We will advise on:

  • Who else is involved in the selection process
  • What the selection process is  i.e. how many interviews and with who
  • What format , competency ,situational , likely presentations
  • Advise on any Human Resources aspect to the process such as psychometric, numeracy or literacy testing or attendance at assessment centres etc.

We will provide you with an up to date job description, a summary of the salary range,  the bonus potential and other benefits.

At this point, your experience and potential value and our efforts have secured you the interview, but what can you do to maximize your chances pre interview?

  • Review carefully the job description and go prepared to show how you meet its requirements or how you can overcome any skill set or experience gaps you may have.
  • Research the company via their website to establish their business model and their direction. Look for recent press releases.
  • Order their accounts either via the web if a public company or via Companies House if a private PLC or Ltd company in the UK , if the employer is based outside the UK access the accounts from the in country equivalents. Establish how successful they have been. Read the Directors’ reports.
  • Is the company part of a larger group? If so, order the group’s accounts. Where does the subsidiary company fit in? Does it look strategic to the overall group’s long term objectives?
  • Consider who their competitors are .What do you consider the employer’s strengths & weaknesses to be, compared to their competitors?
  • Establish who their major customers are. How long have these relationships endured?  Which major relationships have been lost or won recently?  Why was this?

How long should you invest in your preparation?  As long as it takes.

 

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