Interview Advice

Interview Preparation

Adequate preparation and research about the role and organisation are critical.

Interview Tips

  • Thoroughly review your CV before the interview.
  • Have all the necessary details of your interviewer to hand (name, title, address, phone number).
  • Work out the route, parking or transport prior and leave plenty of time.
  • Familiarise yourself with the role and its responsibilities.
  • Research the company and the interviewer.
  • Prepare yourself for technical questions.
  • Relate your past experiences to the new role and explain how you can benefit the company.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why do you want to/did you leave your job?
  2. What interests you about this role?
  3. Why do you want to work for this company?
  4. What experience do you bring to this position?
  5. What are your career aspirations?
  6. Why should we hire you?
  7. What is your greatest achievement in your current position?
  8. Tell me about a situation where you had to overcome difficulties.  How did you overcome them?

Interview Technique

Your presentation and enthusiasm are vitally important elements of the interview process. Don’t forget to polish your shoes and turn up on time!  Most interviewers form their initial impression within the first minute and will have made up their mind about you within the first fifteen minutes.

  • Wear suitable business attire, unless otherwise advised by your consultant.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, smoke or eat strong foods beforehand.
  • Greet your interviewer with eye contact, a smile and a firm handshake, and stand up when the interviewer enters or leaves the room.
  • Speak clearly and compose your answers.  Answer the questions rather than merely telling the interviewer what you want to say.
  • Sell yourself but don’t exaggerate.  If you don’t describe your abilities and achievements your interviewer won’t know – don’t presume they know what’s on your CV.
  • Even if it becomes obvious that the role isn’t for you, create the best impression possible.  You may come across the interviewer again during the course of your career or there may be a future role at the company that’s suitable.
  • Let the interviewer lead but take the opportunity to ask questions about the role that haven’t been covered, such as training, prospects and culture etc – this shows interest and demonstrates your knowledge of the company.
  • Ask for feedback from your interviewer.  It’s better to get any reservations out in the open – use the information to learn for next time.
  • Call us straight after your interview to give feedback – positive or negative!

  • Wear suitable business attire, unless otherwise advised by your consultant.
  • Don’t drink alcohol, smoke or eat strong foods beforehand.
  • Greet your interviewer with eye contact, a smile and a firm handshake, and stand up when the interviewer enters or leaves the room.
  • Speak clearly and compose your answers.  Answer the questions rather than merely telling the interviewer what you want to say.
  • Sell yourself but don’t exaggerate.  If you don’t describe your abilities and achievements your interviewer won’t know – don’t presume they know what’s on your CV.
  • Even if it becomes obvious that the role isn’t for you, create the best impression possible.  You may come across the interviewer again during the course of your career or there may be a future role at the company that’s suitable.
  • Let the interviewer lead but take the opportunity to ask questions about the role that haven’t been covered, such as training, prospects and culture etc – this shows interest and demonstrates your knowledge of the company.
  • Ask for feedback from your interviewer.  It’s better to get any reservations out in the open – use the information to learn for next time.
  • Call us straight after your interview to give feedback – positive or negative!

Remember, an interview is a two-way process.  They’re selecting a suitable employee but you’re also selecting a suitable employer.

Post-Interview Suggestions

There are a number of things you can do after the interview to improve your chances of success.

  • A follow-up email to your interviewer will demonstrate your professionalism and keenness for the position.
  • Make sure you’re available for interviews at the earliest possible date.
  • Liaise with us for any client feedback, and use it constructively.