Alongside knowledge of the organisation, you also need to develop understanding of the sector and the wider business world. This applies to both commercial business and public and charitable organisations. Prior to interview you might want to think about:
- How the business operates and how this might compare to others in the sector
- What factors influence the organisation - e.g. developments in the industry, impact of Government policy, new and emerging products and technology
- Customers, competitors and key challenges related to the organisation
Logistics and practical preparation
Knowing what is going to happen on the day, and where, will help you arrive properly prepared and in the right place. The main things to consider are:
- Location, location, location! Do you know exactly where you are going for your interview? Some companies will have multiple buildings and offices and the interview may not be in the obvious place.
- Travel time. Plan your route and do a mock run if possible. Think about traffic and weather conditions and allow extra time where necessary.
- Equipment. If you are doing a presentation as part of your interview make sure you have the correct and compatible equipment. Consider taking paper copies in case the technology fails.
- Documentation. Read the interview letter carefully and make sure you take everything required. Some organisations will ask you to bring identification and proof of qualifications with you.