How to prepare for your first interview – Part I
All the effort you have put in preparing your CV it is only aiming at one specific goal – to get you an interview.
Aug 5, 2010
Too many job applicants still underestimate the preparation required in order to have a successful meeting. Preparation can make the difference between moving to the next stage and being declined. What should you consider when preparing for your first meeting? You should know well the rules of the game before you walk through the door. Knowledge is power:
• Screening interview where the interviewer wants to know if there is anything that will disqualify you for the position.
(In our next article we will give you specific tips for each type of interview)
Get to know more about the person or people that you are meeting. Again, if you have not been given this information beforehand, ask the person who contacts you for the details. You should know the full name and position of your interviewer along with any other extra information and/or tips that you can get from the phone call that directly relates to this person. Once you have this information, you can research on the Internet to get more information. Also ask your colleagues and friends who work in the same industry if they know further details.
Research the company. You should spent a significant time studying the company, the culture and the sector before you enter the interview room. Go through the corporate website, the company’s annual report, the latest news and the most important employees within the organization. Further, look into the history of the company – what are the major events that have shaped where it is today. What are the events happening today that would define where the corporation is going to go in the near future. If possible, also research what is happening now within. After that, you will have to research how your position fits within the company.
Make a list of questions that you might want to ask the interviewer. Asking for questions is common practice during an interview and you really want to benefit from the opportunity you are presented with. Think carefully about questions. You should choose them based on the type of interview and the person or people that you are meeting.
What is next? More preparation and practice based on this information.
On our next article we will give you specific tips for each type of interview.
The Growinfinance.com Team
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