5 top tips to ace any interview: before the interview

Jill Gillespie portrait Interviewing for a job can be really nerve-wracking. This is the case if it's your 1st interview or your 100th. The experience of meeting with a stranger and selling yourself rarely gets any easier. GAP's Recruitment Team Leader Jill Gillespie has been at GAP for three and a half years and has interviewed many candidates. Here she provides her top tips on how to prepare for your big interview. 

Before the interview:

  • Do your research – During an interview you will most likely be asked what you know about the company, so make sure that you have done your research before you arrive. Take a look at the website and read online articles about the company to find out as much information as you can.

  • Read through your CV – In order to make sure that you are prepared for any questions you might be asked it is a good idea to read through your CV prior to your interview. This enables you to think of some answers to questions that they might ask, and makes sure that all of your experience is fresh in your mind for the interview.

  • Check the location of the interview – It doesn’t give a great first impression if a candidate is late for their interview, so make sure that you know where the interview is being held, and how long it will take you to get there. Do a trial run before your interview if needed and work out the best way for you to get there on time. If on the day something happens which means you are going to be late, get in touch with the interviewer to let them know that you are on your way.
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  • Look the part – The position you are interviewing for will determine a suitable dress code, so make sure that you are dressed appropriately for your interview. It is reasonable to assume that if you are interviewing for a corporate position that jeans would not be acceptable interview attire, but likewise if it is a more creative position/company corporate dress may not be suitable. If you are unsure it is OK to ask the interviewer when you are scheduling the interview.

  • Prepare – It is always a good idea to come prepared, so make sure that you have everything you may need at the interview. This can include a pen, notepad and copy of your CV.

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