We know that being prepared is critical for interview success, but with so much advice out there, knowing where to look can be troublesome.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of 5 top resources for interview success. If you’ve got an interview or assessment centre coming up, these sites offer an invaluable resource:
Glassdoor is a broad ’employment’ website offering all manner of company reviews, salary data, and more. It’s an invaluable resource when preparing for an interview or assessment centre. Users submit their own experiences of interviews with an organisation, from placements or internships through to graduate roles and experienced hires. If you want to get an idea of the sort of questions you might be asked in an interview for a particular company, this is a good start.
So you’ve got a good idea of what sort of questions you might be asked: how do you go about answering them? PwC have provided this excellent resource which gives strong examples of how (and how not) to answer competency based questions. It does have a strong focus on these sort of questions, so isn’t the best for advice on answering motivational or other style questions, but working through this resource is a great way of practicing the STAR method and preparing for interview success.
You’ve probably visited TargetJobs to conduct sector research before applying for placements, but did you know they have a wealth of tips and guidance on how to succeed throughout the application process, too? From how to dress, to how to deal with nerves, this is a comprehensive resource for interview preparation.
#4 – Employer’s websites
OK, this isn’t a single resource, but it is one of the best ways you can prepare for an interview. Almost all companies will have a ‘careers’ section of their website, and you should visit and examine this carefully before arriving at an assessment centre and interview. What sort of skills are they looking for? What’s the company culture like? Has the organisation been involved in any big deals lately, or had any major developments? Researching the company before an interview is absolutely critical to success, and can help you think of some all-important questions of your own, too.
Warning: please do not actually follow these tips! For a bit of light relief, though, this list from The Poke always gives us a chuckle in the office.
Browsing the (first four!) resources should help you prepare for your next interview. Have you got any of your own tips for success?