Prepare succinct answers and positive questions
Your achievements, skills, expertise, knowledge and personality are what employers are looking to explore and you are seeking to demonstrate in the short space of time that you have in an interview. Knowing your CV backwards is key to presenting a professional image, and being able to fluently discuss your previous experience and quantified achievements without having to refer to a document to confirm facts and figures will help enormously.
You will of course, be aiming to ask questions at the end of the interview, and the company research you have carried out and your conversation with your consultant will give you the ground work on which to base these and showcase your acumen. Aim for at least four or five written down, just in case the interview covers one or two during your conversation. I do recommend that you try to maintain a positive rather than negative line of questioning, and don’t be reticent in drawing out your interviewer. A positive question looking to the future focused around the company’s goals for growth for example, and how they anticipate these will impact their people strategy works well, or alternatively how they have overcome challenges in the past.
With your research done, questions practiced and a good grasp of the company, you should be now ready and raring to go; waiting in the wings if you will, for the curtain to rise... take a deep breathe and you’re on.