The old saying that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail is as true for interviews as it is for other aspects of your life.   It is certain that there will be specific questions asked about the company, so make sure you know things like the company’s profits for the last year and also details of any service or product launches. Also bone up on the latest developments in the industry in general so you are informed and able to talk about them.

Practise, practise, practise.

Although nothing is set in stone there will be some questions that will almost always come up. Prepare answers to some common questions such as what your personal strengths and weaknesses are as well as a convincing argument for why you would be the best person for the job.

Dress the part

In an ideal world perhaps appearances wouldn’t matter, but the truth is that we are judged, often before we have said a single word. Polished shoes, well fitting stylish clothes with subtle accessories are ideal and dressing above the job you’re applying for will show that you are keen to succeed.

Keep calm and carry on

In your preparation, practice staying in control. Make sure that you allow time for any unexpected delays on the way to the interview and get everything ready the night before. At the interview speak clearly, smile and remember that the person on the other side of the desk is a person too, they might even be nervous as well!


Have questions ready for your interviewer to show your interest in the position. A minimum of five questions will probably be ideal and the answers to some of those will give you more valuable information about the job.  Other answers to well place questions will reveal more about the culture and goals and what it would be like to work for the company.