- 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.
- 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
- Make sure your resume/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:
the company's sales brochures and literature, 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.
- Get into an enthusiastic, alert, positive mind-set.
- Try to get some experience of personality tests. Discover your personality strengths
and weaknesses that would be indicated by a test, and be able to answer questions
positively about the results. (Do not be intimidated by personality testing - expose
yourself to it and learn about yourself.)