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How to prepare for an interview
1 December 2007
If you are being put up for a role by an intermediary, start by using them. They should have thorough background information on the client, the circumstances of the vacancy – whether it’s a new role or has come up because someone is leaving, etc – the key attributes the client is looking for, challenges as they see them, exciting developments that are happening within the organisation, any restructuring within the company, focus for the communications function, and so on.
You can never prepare too much for an interview:
- Talk to people you know who have worked with the company or for them
- Pick up on any recurring themes
- Look in detail at the organisation’s website
- Identify recent press releases
- Find out about the senior management
- See what they take seriously as a business (their values, for example)
- Some companies are easier to research than others, but if you can’t find much on the internet, try and get hold of the company’s latest annual report at least and study this.
- Think of some questions to ask them – they will always ask so you should be prepared for that question.
Analyse the job spec:
- Look at every requirement and think of case studies to illustrate your experience in these areas.
- Identify some key questions both about the job and the company.
- Think about what is important to you in any role. What are you looking to get out of any move, what motivates you, what environment suits you.
If you are a communications professional in any field: corporate, crisis/issues, financial, investor relations, brand/product PR, internal/change, stakeholder relations, public affairs or corporate social responsibility, and want to contact Taylor Bennett, the leading headhunter, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org