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Your CV has received great feedback, you’ve passed the telephone screening and finally been invited to interview. However, it’s not time to celebrate just yet; there’s still a lot of work to be done before you land the job.

Preparation is key! Job interviews can be stressful and nerve-racking but good preparation will make the process much easier for you.

A few days before the interview:

The days that lead up to your job interview are extremely important, as this is when you should be doing the bulk of your preparation work. Don’t leave everything until the night before, it’s not worth the risk.

Firstly you need to ensure that you research the company in detail, as 82% of interviewers will reject a candidate if they don’t understand the employer’s business at interview stage. You need to understand what products or services they offer, who their customers are, the company culture and who their key people are. You can use a number of channels to do your research including web searches, the company site and social media. If the role is being handled by a recruiter, you can also ask them for some inside information.

You also need to ensure that you fully understand the role being offered, because if you don’t there is only 5% chance that you will be offered the job. Study the job description and learn the goal of the role, who you will be reporting to, tools and software required and any product or service knowledge needed.

Once you are familiar with the company and the role, you need to understand what makes you a good fit for the role. Compare your CV with the job spec and make notes on how your experience, skills and knowledge match up. Doing this will enable you to answer any questions you may get asked around suitability.

Interviewers will usually be keen to ask about your weaknesses so take some time to learn your skills gaps and how you plan to work around them in the role. If you have a significant journey to travel to the interview, plan your journey a few days in advance and even look into back up routes in case there are travel delays on the day. If you have time, it may even be worth doing a practice journey, as being just 5 minutes late could cost you the job.

Practice answering some common interview questions so that they do not come as a surprise at the time.

The 3 most popular interview questions are:

  1. Why should we hire you?
  2. Why do you want this job?
  3. Why are you leaving your current job?

These questions will definitely arise in some form or another, so make sure you have some answers prepared.

The night before the interview:

The night before the interview should be fairly relaxed as you’ve done most of your preparation beforehand. Go over your preparation notes and the job spec to make sure it’s all fresh in your mind but don’t stress too much. Plan your outfit to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions in the morning and ensure that everything is washed and looks sharp. You should also pack a smart bag or folder with all your interview essentials such as your CV, the job spec and a pen and note pad. Most healthy adults need between 7.5 and 9 hours of sleep to perform at their best so get to sleep as early as you can once you’re fully prepared.

This infograph from StandOutCv gives a great overview of what you need to cover in order to give yourself the best chance of acing the interview and landing that ideal role.


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  • As a Global IT director with General Motors, it’s critical that I source high calibre technical candidates every time. ERS bring such a level of confidence and integrity to the pipeline of candidates that distinguishes them from everyone else in the market. ERS is about relationship building, getting to know our company, our management team and our requirements. They assist tailoring job specifications to ensure the widest range of candidates are attracted to the job profiles. ERS hands on screening of candidates means that we have an excellent ratio of interviews to job offers and subsequently, shorter ramp-up cycles, improved business value, increased efficiency and low attrition. Candidates are not just screened based on their CVs, ERS invests a lot of time to get to know the candidates and this profiling gets best results, both for my teams and for the prospective candidates. Our local team has hired successfully through ERS from multiple countries which means our teams are also very diverse in their skills, experiences and cultures. The technical roles filled range from Senior managers, Architects, Java developers, Mainframe, Middleware, SAP, High-performance computing, Mobile Development, Infrastructure, scrum masters and a wide range of global operational roles. Global IT Director General Motors

  • ERS, part of the Casseo Group were engaged on a critical programme aimed at further enhancing Dell’s renowned Supply Chain model for outbound logistics in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). The ERS team immediately “hit the ground running” and added immense value in augmenting the internal Dell IT team seeking to expedite this critical project.  They brought a strategic and realistic view of the possibilities for the project, as well as a professional focus on delivery of a quality product to agreed timescales.  They managed a wide range of internal relationships, as well as cementing the external commitments needed from Dell’s partners to make the project a reality.  Throughout the project life cycle, they always brought a practical perspective to the table when wrestling with a complex project, and executed creative and innovative solutions to ensure success. A very worthwhile partnership which I would eagerly recommend to those in search of external expertise and commitment in meeting their project commitments. Dell

  • GE Financial Insurance (now Genworth Financial) engaged ERS as part of the Casseo group, to assist in the delivery of a complex cross-functional project. The project entailed managing the IT Infrastructure and providing IT Support to assists a dedicated debtor recovery team that was set up specifically for the project. Based in Birmingham, ERS leveraged excellent project management and technical skills to quickly win the confidence of the local team. Over a period of time, ERS as part of the Casseo group worked hand-in-hand with this team to deliver an outstanding result where significant more debts were recovered than had been thought possible.  I have no hesitation in recommending ERS and the Casseo Group. Programme Manager, Genworth Financial

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