Interview Tips

Making interviews successful

We have put together some guidelines for you to consider before attending your next interview. These guidelines will help you prepare and relax before the interview and most important help you to leave a lasting impression on the interviewers.

1. The Preparation

Research the company – It’s very likely you will be asked about the company…so,

  • What do you know about the company?
  • Has the company won any awards?
  • What’s the company turnover, industry position, is the company listed on the stock Market?
  • What’s their share price?
  • Why do you want to join them?

Research the industry sectorInformation about the industry will build your confidence

  • What do you know about the industry sector?
  • Who are their customers?
  • Who are their competitors?

Know your CV Familiarise yourself with your CV and be prepared to answer questions

  • Know your employment dates
  • Know your key roles and responsibilities
  • What are your unique selling points?
  • Why are you looking for a new role?
  • Anticipate questions about your CV

Prepare questions to ask them Asking questions highlights your interest and enthusiasm 

Ask genuine questions about

  • The role/ responsibility
  • The team structure
  • The company

Prepare your route Know where you need to go and allow time for traffic

Aim to arrive 15 minutes prior to interview. Allow time for traffic and anticipate delays on public transport

Appearance How do you look 

  • Dress formally; wear a good suit, iron your shirt/ blouse
  • Smart polished shoes – ideally black or dark colour
  • Keep your hair neat and tidy

2. The Interview

First Impressions – Make it count

First impressions go a long way. From reporting at reception to meeting the interviewers, always make early eye contact, smile and offer firm handshake. Listen to the interviewer(s) and answer the questions that are being asked, with interest and enthusiasm. Don’t waffle. Be positive about your reason for leaving your previous positions and don’t speak negatively of past supervisors or employers.

Questions you may wish to ask interviewers

  • How do you feel I compare to your requirements?
  • How do I compare with other candidates you have seen?
  • Do you have any reservations about my skills or ability? This is a bold question, however if the interviewer highlights any concerns you can dismiss them with evidence to support your application
  • What is the process moving forward i.e. when do you plan to make your decision or get someone started?

Leave a good impression 

Close the interview by thanking the interviewer(s) for their time and tell them you are interested in the opportunity and see your skills and experience to be a close match. Find out what the next step is and when you are likely to be contacted.

3. The Feedback

Contact your consultant as soon as you can and provide honest feedback. We like to obtain feedback from candidates’ prior to approaching the client. This allows us to reconfirm your interest in the position and highlight your key skills to the client.

 

Best of luck!

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