Ensure your message at interview is consistent with your application. Refamiliarise yourself with your CV, application form, covering letter and notes you made while researching the job. Look again at the person specification or advert to be clear about the skills that you need to demonstrate.
Check the evidence you included in your application and think of a couple of new examples for each skill. Draw examples from all parts of your life – not just from work
Research the company so you are ready with knowledgeable answers for the job interview questions that specifically relate to the company you are interviewing with.
Get back in touch with any personal contacts in the organisation to learn about any internal changes or issues. Ask about interview procedures
Trawl the organisation’s website-look at the company’s vision and objectives, news, policies.
Look at social media -LinkedIn, Facebook
Be aware of new and existing products.
Visit the premises if applicable- For example if the position relates to a store or hospitality outlet open to the public .
Be prepared to discuss what you observed on your visit.For example if you are interviewing for a buying position, evaluate the ranging, identify gaps, propose additions to ranging.
Research the interviewer if you know who they are .Use Google, LinkedIn. Look at professional information only, not personal.
If applicable, get a brief from the recruitment consultant, interview style, selection process, type of candidates they are seeking.Think about the kinds of questions you may be asked and how you will respond.
Prepare your own questions to ask.
Carry out mock interviews with a friend-and rehearse your answers. Get them to ask you tough questions and give you feedback.
Look at websites, the press, annual reports. You may be asked about the salary you want, so make sure you research that as well.
Think of it as a business meeting. It is a two- way street, remember.