Candidate Advice

  • Research as much as you can about the company - products, services, markets, competitors, trends, current activities, priorities.
  • Prepare your answers for the type of questions you'll be asked, especially, be able to say why you want the job, what your strengths are, how you'd do the job, what your best achievements are.
  • Prepare good questions to ask at the interview.
  • Assemble hard evidence (make sure it's clear and concise) of how what you've achieved in the past - proof will put you ahead of those who merely talk about it.
  • Have at least one other interview lined up, or have a recent job offer, or the possibility of receiving one from a recent job interview, and make sure you mention it to the interviewer.
  • Make sure your CV is up to date, looking very good and even if already supplied to the interviewer take three with you (one for the interviewer, one for you and a spare in case the interviewer brings a colleague in to the meeting).
  • Get hold of the following material and read it, and remember the relevant issues, and ask questions about the areas that relate to the organisation and the role. Obtain and research: a trade magazine covering the company's market sector, and a serious newspaper for the few days before the interview so you're informed about world and national news. Also worth getting hold of: company 'in-house' magazines or newsletters, competitor leaflets, local or national newspaper articles featuring the company.
  • Review your personal goals and be able to speak openly and honestly about them and how you plan to achieve them.
  • Ensure you have two or three really good reputable and relevant references, and check they'd each be happy to be contacted.>
  • Adopt an enthusiastic, alert, positive mind-set.
  • Particularly think about how to deal positively with any negative aspects - especially from the perspective of telling the truth, instead of evading or distorting facts, which rarely succeeds.
  • Think about what to wear.

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