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Ask the Expert

“When prepping a candidate for an interview, I always advise them to do their homework. Research the company, familiarise yourself with their market sector, competitors and the products they deal with. Find out about any recent announcements or new projects too – it’ll really make you stand out at the interview.

“Know your CV inside out. Quite often, interviewers will revert to your CV and base interview questions and scenarios around your previous experience. Be prepared and know your CV like the back of your hand!”

Natalie Donegan, Branch Manager

“When preparing for an interview, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Pack a pen and notebook for notetaking: this makes you look prepared and eager. We’d also recommend taking a water bottle, as it can help to calm nerves and relieve stress.

“It’s vital to research the company beforehand, and we’d advise using their social media profiles to do so, such as Linkedin, to get an idea of how they conduct an interview.”

Michal Kasprzyk, Consultant

“One of the top techniques is looking up ‘common’ interview questions, and practice your answers beforehand. Make sure you’ve also prepared for a few niche questions about the industry and company too, just in case.

“To minimise stress on the day, familiarise yourself with the route to the interview: find out where you’re going, whether parking will be available, and look up public transport timetables in advance. Make sure you allow enough time for delays and consider whether you have to walk at the other end. It might be worth doing a practice run, to make sure you’re as relaxed as possible on the day.

“When you arrive at the interview, smile, be confident and stay calm. If you’ve done the preparation, you can’t go wrong.”

Lynda McLaughlin, Senior Consultant