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Interview Advice

Compass Associates are always on hand to give interview advice.

Preparation for interview is vitally important when seeking a new role, and time should always be set aside to prepare thoroughly for this.

You only get one shot, and if you have prepared in the correct manner you can increase your chances of success considerably.

Interviews are varied and follow different formats from company to company. There is no set formula for a successful interview, but we can give the following advice in order to enhance your chances of obtaining that dream role:

1.  Research
Prepare yourself with as much information about the company as possible, the best way of doing this is by visiting the company’s website and speaking to any friends or colleagues who have worked there previously – they will be able to give you first-hand information about the company.

2.  Travel
Compass Associates will always provide you with a map complete with step-by-step directions to your place of interview, or alternatively, give advice in relation to the nearest bus station or railway service. It is imperative to plan your journey and we always recommend a ‘dummy run’ prior to the big day.

3.  Dress
Give yourself plenty of time to decide what to wear and get your clothes ready the night before. You don’t have to buy a new outfit but aim for a smart, tidy, clean and uncluttered appearance – if you look good it will help you feel good.

4.  CV / Portfolio
Take a copy of your CV with you and read through it to ensure you are able to answer any relating questions.  Take any relevant portfolio information and written questions about the role and company as this will create a good impression. Always take documentation relating to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check with you.

5.  Before Leaving
Ensure you give yourself plenty of time – it doesn’t create a good impression to turn up late, even by a couple of minutes. Aim to arrive 10 to15 minutes early. If you are unavoidably delayed contact the company immediately to inform them of this and your expected time of arrival. Upon arrival apologise immediately and explain your reasons.