You can never be too prepared for an interview or assessment centre. You may have gleaned mountains of information which needs to be sifted and ordered, but research is key.
If you have a good understanding about the organisation, its culture, the role and even the interviewers, you will be able to mould your answers and the points you want to make.
- What is the history of the organisation?
- In what sector does it function?
- How long has it been in the sector?
- Is it an industry leader?
- Has it innovated?
- What are its products and services?
- Who are the competitors?
- Who funds it?
- Who are the key personnel?
- In which markets does it operate?
- Did it make a profit last year?
- Is its financial performance one of continuing growth?
- Has it made any unwise acquisitions?
- What is its share price history?
- What rumours are there?
- Who are the crucial people?
- Who are the real decision-makers?
Any research has the potential to promote a myriad of other questions. Be thoughtful, be methodical and become informed. Then your confidence will be strong and your performance as a candidate will reflect it.