Preparing for your Interview

Preparing for your interview

You should never consider going along to an interview without having done your homework beforehand. These days there are many ways to find out about the company, the owners or directors, their background and the job itself. Take advantage of it all.

Research the company thoroughly via their website and a general internet search. Your aim is to find out about their recent performance, their future goals and the culture within the organisation.

Read the job specification carefully – it should list the skills and attitude required. This will allow you to prepare for the types of questions you may be asked.

If you can, look up the person who will be interviewing you. They may appear on the company website or a Google search may reveal personal information about them and anything work related.

Keep yourself informed about the latest in taxation news, legislation and trends – especially if you are moving into a taxation sector you are unfamiliar with.

Rehearse with a friend how you will talk through your CV in a positive and confident way. You need to be able to convey your background to the interviewer coherently.

You are likely to be asked if you have any questions of the interviewer – prepare these in advance. This will ensure that you appear to have thought about the position. Examples might be “what are the promotion prospects?” and “why has the role become vacant?”.

Ask the recruitment consultant to tell you about the type of interview which is likely to take place and prepare accordingly.