Job Interview Tips 1: Checking In
Your passport to making a good impression on the day
Congratulations on securing your job interview! To help you prepare properly, and to give you the very best chance of making a good impression, we've created C&M's very own indispensable guide to interviews. Packed with advice on how to prepare and carry out the meeting, there's even tips on how to follow-up. We know that it's an important day for you, so we've thought of everything!
Check Out The Company
It should go without saying, but it's always absolutely crucial to do your research before arriving at your job interview. At C&M we're proud to have established great relationships with all our travel clients so we'll give you lots of background information in advance of the big day, but it's still worth searching online and finding out extra company details.
Preparation and research are the essential steps towards a successful interview. Applicants who have no idea of what they are going to say or of what the company does, have very little chance of impressing an employer, so make sure you have these queries answered in advance:
- What are the company's main products and services?
- Who are their competitors?
- Has it won any awards recently or has it appeared in the news?
- Has it announced any plans for growth or other new projects?
- Is there any mention (positive or negative) of the company online from former employees?
Once you've researched the company, it's time to research the details of the job interview. Make sure that you:
- Know the place and time of the meeting. Plan your journey and allow time for transport delays. After all, you can always go for a coffee if you're early...
- Dress in appropriate business attire - unless you've been otherwise advised
- Know who you're meeting. Come prepared with the correct name and title of the interviewer
- Memorise examples of your own achievements. Interviewers love to hear clear illustrations of how your skills have benefited previous employers
Questions Of Your Own
For the vast majority of the interview, you'll be the one answering questions, but you should also have a few queries of your own to ask at the end of the meeting. Try remembering a few of these:
- Why is the position available?
- How would you describe the culture in the company?
- What induction, training and professional development programs do you offer employees?
- Does the company have any plans for growth and expansion?
- What is the next stage in the recruitment process?
Whatever you do, do your homework - a lack of knowledge will be interpreted as a lack of interest!
Now take a look at the second part of our job interview guide.