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4 steps to take before an interview

Tips for preparing for an interview

In addition to brushing up on your interview skills and dressing for success, there are a few simple things you can do to prepare. Recruitment site Glassdoor recommends these four easy steps that can help you get ready.

Set a calendar note straight away
Once your potential employer has confirmed the date and time of your interview, set up a calendar note in your email and invite the interviewee. Doing so ensures they are doubly committed to your appointment and are less likely to reschedule.

Consider a wheeled case
Rather than lugging around your paperwork and laptop in a heavy bag, think about buying a wheeled case instead. It saves you from getting sweaty and bedraggled. Pack for every occasion, including an umbrella, a bottle of water, trainers, headache tablets and a toothbrush. You never know when you might need them.

Research your interviewer
LinkedIn is a very useful tool for job hunters; have a look at the profiles of the people you’re meeting for your interview and use that to get as much information about the company as possible. Glassdoor recommends a handy little app called Charlie, which pulls information about your meeting attendees from the internet and sends you a detailed report on them (read our review of the app HERE). Glassdoor is also full of really good interview tips, so be sure to check it out.

Plan your route
If you’re driving to you interview, research nearby car parks ahead of time so you can plan where to leave your car and how long it’ll take you to get to the office from there. The same goes for public transport; find out the nearest station and save your journey plan where it’s available offline (such as on Citymapper). Find out if there are any instructions for entering the building, such as security doors or who to ask for at reception. Most importantly, always have an alternative route planned in case of train trouble or accidents on the road and leave yourself lots of extra time.

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