You’ve got 24-hours before your job interview. Read our Top Tips to make sure you’re prepared the day before.
Congrats! Your CV passed the first stage and you’ve moved onto the interview stage! The interview is often the most nerve-racking part of getting a job. In a job interview, anything can happen. Be prepared! Here are some TOP TIPS 24 hours before your interview to ensure that you’re walking out with the job in the bag!
1. Do your homework! It looks great if you can demonstrate that you’re knowledgeable about the company you are interviewing with. Research the “About Us” or “Mission/Values” section of the company’s website. Find our who their competition is. Read their Quarterly Reports. Browse through their Blog. Look on LinkedIn and try and find a common thread with your interviewer or some of the senior staff at the company. The more time you spend researching and Googling; the more of a chance you have of standing out with your desire to learn about your prospective workplace.
2. Any questions? Think of a couple of questions you can ask your interviewer about the company and the environment. Interviewers always give you the opportunity at the end of the interview to ask questions. It’s a great chance to show that you’ve engaged with the job description and the company…plus you have the curiosity and enthusiasm to want to know more. It makes the interviewer sit up and take notice. Take the opportunity to blend a statement about yourself or one you’ve learned about the company and a genuine question you want to know about.
- “Your quarterly report revealed a 10% growth in revenue. Is this in a division that this position is placed in?”
- “In my previous role I increased sales 2% in the first 6 months of joining. What would you like to see this position accomplish in its first 6 months?
- “I recently read in The Globe & Mail that the Food & Beverage industry had some setbacks with import laws. How is this challenging your business at the moment?”
3. Do a dry run. Make sure you know exactly where the interview is. Google map it! It’s a great idea, if you’re uncertain at all about where you’re going to take a trip in the days leading up to the job interview. You’ll familiarise yourself with the route you need to take, traffic conditions, construction and parking. You’ll feel less stressed and nervous the day of the interview.
4. Eat to compete. Eat something before the interview. Even if you’re feeling way too nervous, you need to eat,…have your coffee, tea and try a banana or a protein bar. You want to be energetic and mentally sharp, but if you’ve not eaten enough and your stomach’s rumbling you’ll end up feeling lethargic and easily flustered.
5. Dress to impress. Don’t assume your CV is enough. Your CV looks good and so should you. As soon as you enter the room the interviewer has form a subtle, subconscious opinion of you based on what you’re wearing. Ultimately, your clothes shouldn’t be what matters, it should be your skills and your personality that stand out. Know your industry’s dress culture. Interviewing in Finance? Pull out the suit & tie…dress and heels. Interviewing in Fashion? Know what’s fashionable at the moment. Put on something smart but restrained …keep it simple, and you’ll have given your personality all the space it needs to shine through.
Proforce Top Tip: Follow-up – Email a Thank You note. It’s great manners and keeps you front-of-mind with the interviewer. Make reference to something relevant that you discussed in the interview. “One of our skillful interviewees include a relevant article link that what timely to a challenge we had discussed in the interview” one of our Corporate Finance clients explained. “It sealed the deal and we offered them the job the next morning.”