Knowledge is power so, when preparing for interview, it is a good idea to be armed with as much knowledge as possible about the sector, industry, company and people. This allows you to be prepared for difficult questions at interview, know what it is employers are looking for, and talk with confidence about particular aspects of the sector which other candidates might not have.
You can use a whole range of resources from the Library to get more in-depth, inside knowledge to help you tailor and target your CV, job application forms, and prepare for interviews.
It is a good idea to prepare for interviews by generally finding out more about the challenges and opportunities facing the industry/company that you are hoping for interview in.
You can use the databases listed here to find out more about particular companies, research market sectors and get industry reports to make sure that you are ready to answer any tricky questions you might be asked.
Use these databases to research the industry that you're interested in working in. An insight into the potential opportunities and challenges faced by the industry as a whole, can help you speak with confidence about the sector.
This video forms part of a Lynda.com course called Master Common Interview Questions. You can complete the whole course by following the link below the video.
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You can find out up-to-date news and articles from the popular, specialist and trade press using the databases below. A bit of research using these can be a great way to find out about what is being reported about your particular company or industry.
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A great source of information for you if you want to get some initial information to help you understand how you might go about freelance work, for example, in a particular area along with job profiles and opportunities in that role.