How to prepare for the first interview?

The following interview preparation tips will give you a guide as to which aspect of the company should be researched:

Everyone wants to ace the first interview. Here are some ways by which one can ace the interview

Research the company

Organisations seek to hire people with similar values to those of the company culture. Researching the company before an interview will give you an insight into the organisation’s future goals and plans and being able to discuss these points will make you seem like a long-term investment to your future employer. 

The following interview preparation tips will give you a guide as to which aspect of the company should be researched:

  1. Company‘s financials: Check the company‘s website. Doing a Google search can also uncover the current state of the company. Have they gone through a merger? – or have they expanded recently? LinkedIn is also a good source of information.
  2. Culture: Look at LinkedIn and Facebook or check Google reviews for comments by current or former employees.
  3. Executive team: Look through the company website to research the company hierarchy and find out who the executives are.
  4. Competitors: Find out who the company’s main competitors are and look into the websites of organisations in the same industry.

Plan your journey to the job interview

When preparing for a job interview one of the most important things to consider is how you are going to get there. A failure to plan is a plan to fail. If you are planning on driving to the interview, make sure you fill your car with fuel the night before. You don’t want to be filling up on the way dressed in your suit.

Make sure you arrive on time, or better yet, at least 15 minutes early. Ensure this by knowing the address and if you can, have a trial run a couple of days before. The morning of the interview, check the traffic reports and have a backup route planned just in case. If you are travelling by train or bus, make sure you check the weather report the night before and keep an eye on the public transport websites for any delays. Look out for track works or traffic conditions that can potentially delay your train or bus trip.

Go to bed early the night before and wake up early to give yourself plenty of time.

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