I originally wrote this short IP interview tips blog about 3 years ago, so what would I add to it in 2017?
1. I'd still advise to keep your options open in the market; don't be tempted to dismiss companies just because someone else might have had a negative experience.
2. Increasingly, firms now ask to see evidence of your previously drafted work in the public domain. Ensure you are familiar with the examples you provide, as these will be discussed in interviews.
3. Ask intelligent questions about the business model of the firm/department. What expectations do they really have of you in the first 6, 12, 18 months?
4. Provide evidence of successful business development initiatives resulting in new client wins.
5. Even if you only meet 70% of the requirements of a particular role - still apply! The chances are you will still be seriously considered, so don't be put off if you think you're too junior/senior.
6. Compromise is not a dirty word.
A common problem to people moving jobs are pre-conceived opinions of other companies and their respective reputation in the market. This crops up more often than you might think. How often have you heard someone say, “ I wouldn’t want to work there, I hear they work really long hours” or; “Don’t interview with X, they lose people all the time” or even; “I worked there once, but couldn’t wait to leave!”