Here are some great tips on preparing for your interview.

Remember if you’ve got an interview for a new job, you have obviously impressed your future potential employer with your CV and application form to be offered an interview in the first place. You have probably beaten many other applicants but something in your application has made you stand out from the other candidates. Your future employer is going to have to make a choice from several applicants. So what can you do to increase your chances of being successful?

1. Do your research
You can guarantee that your potential employer has spent some time reading through your CV and application form. In return the least you can do is to have spent some of your time doing a bit of research about the company and what they do. By doing a little research this will show the interviewer that you have put some effort into trying to get this job.

2. Plan your journey

The first fundamental rule is don't be late! Before the big day, plan your route. If you are going by car see how long it takes you to get there. The same rule applies if you are going by bus or train. When you have determined how long it is likely to take you, add half an hour to the journey. If you are early, don’t worry. You can always have a drink or compose yourself.

3. Confirm your attendance
It’s always a good idea to confirm with your prospective interviewer the interview arrangements once you have been invited to attend the interview. This doesn’t need to be a long winded letter. It can just be brief, confirming the time and place of the interview. It also gives you the opportunity to send in any documents that the interviewer may wish to see in advance or anything you may have forgotten to send when you originally enclosed your CV and job application form.

4. What's the dress code?
It can be a tough call when trying to decide what to wear for a job interview. You can always ask the question prior to the interview. As a general rule its always a good idea to dress smart as remember you are out to make a 'special' impression.

5. Be prepared for the questions that may be asked
It’s almost impossible to know exactly what questions are going to be asked at the interview but you can expect certain areas that are likely to be explored. Brief yourself on the skills required for the job, including the experience that you have to do it. Think about questions that may arise from the answers you gave on your application form and lastly consider any questions that may arise regarding your CV.

It really is worth taking the time and preparing for any interview. Do all that you can do to be ready and don't get caught out !!

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