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5 Top Tips To Prepare For An Interview

19 October 2018

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5 Top Tips To Prepare For An Interview


Job interviews can be unnerving, especially when it’s a role you’re really interested in. Like an athlete before a race, you should take the time to prepare and warm up ahead of the meeting. This will help ease your nerves and ensure you give the best possible interview on the day. Here’s our Top Tips to get you started.


  1. Do your research

Do as much research about the company and the people you’re meeting ahead of the day. Check out the company website, social media accounts and google the company for the latest news. If you’re working with a recruitment agency, ask your Consultant what they know about the business and the people conducting the interviews. 


  1. Anticipate likely questions

Read the job description thoroughly and make notes of how your experiences matches what’s required. It’s important to understand where you may have a skills gap or areas of development. 

If you are working with an agency, ask your Consultant what questions they think you’ll be asked. You can then prepare your answers beforehand. Other questions to think about:

  • What do you know about the company?
  • Why are you interested in this role?
  • What are your areas of weakness?
  • Why are you leaving your current job?


  1. Look the part

Choose your outfit before the day and try it on to make sure it fits and you’re comfortable.  It’s always best to wear smart / business attire for an interview but also important to be yourself. Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed ahead of time, your hair is arranged tidily and your shoes are polished. Having good personal presentation shows that you are aware of your surroundings and take care in what you do.


  1. Plan ahead

Before the day of your interview, plan how you’re going to get there. What transport will you use? If you’re driving, where can you park? Do you need cash to pay for parking? How long will the journey take at the time your interview is being held? By planning ahead you’ll arrive in time and in a calm manner. Despite your best efforts, if you find yourself running late, call ahead and let the interviewer know you’ll be late. Don’t wait until you’re already late, call before the time you’re expected. 


  1. What to take with you

Read the interview invitation thoroughly to ensure you take everything that is being asked for, some employers ask for your passport at interview stage. Here’s some of our suggested essentials to take with you on the day:

  • A bottle of water
  • Pen and notepad
  • Money
  • Your CV
  • The job description


If you’re looking for a career opportunity, then call the Element Recruitment Team on 0117 369 9000 or visit us at


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