Settle your pre-interview nerves!

In the words of Alexander Graham Bell, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Keeping this in mind, preparation before an interview can make or break your chances of securing that vital job offer. Therefore, sorting out your pre-interview technique is crucial to settle your nerves and to have a positive mindset to impress your prospective employers. We have compiled a list of the essentials to ensure that you will be raring to go and ace any interview!

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The Basics

Establish the exact interview arrangements. First and foremost, find out the location and time of your interview. If at all possible, test run travelling to the interview location to have an idea of the logistics and timing. On the actual day of interview, give yourself plenty of time to arrive at the interview to allow for any unforeseen delays.  Acquaint yourself with the structure of the interview. Is it a one-on-one interview? Will you have more than one interview? Will you have any tests to do? Finally, if you know the name of the interviewer, do a bit of research to find out their role in the company. If you’re going through a recruitment agency, your consultant should give you a brief background of the interviewer.  Use social media such as LinkedIn or Twitter and look on the company website if there is a personnel page.


Reread the job description and your CV. Pick up on the key skills and qualities the recruiters are looking for and think of how your past experience can demonstrate that you are right for the job. Looking over the job description and CV also allows you to prepare answers to potential questions. Glassdoor is a great resource which has comprehensive lists of example interview questions asked by each company. This groundwork will enforce why you feel you are suitable for the job which will boost your confidence no end!


Commercial Awareness

Go on LinkedIn and see if any of your contacts have worked or are currently working at the company. If you’re lucky enough to know someone, contact them beforehand and ask them about the company culture. Otherwise, research the company and find out:

  • The company’s mission statement, sector and products
  • Important facts and figures e.g. size, scope, revenue
  • The industry and the company’s main competitors
  • Any recent news involving or affecting the company

This research along with your job description and CV revision should help you to arrive at the interview with questions specific to the company and the job itself. Remember, the interview is just as much an opportunity for you to find out more as it is for your prospective employer!

The Night Before

Set out your interview clothes and be sure to iron your interview clothes and polish your shoes. Print off your CV and organise your belongings so you are ready to go the next day. It should go without saying but a good night’s sleep is the key to feeling mentally and physically prepared interview. Reduce anxiety by winding down well in advance before bedtime. Do some gentle exercise such as yoga or go out for a walk and find yourself a good book to read.


Reflect on what attracted you to the job in the first place. If you can remind yourself why you want the job, you will be able to convince the employer why you are the right candidate. Good Luck!

What are your tips to prepare for interviews?

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