Interview hints & tips

  • Preparation is key! Research the route and do a dummy run to ensure that you are not late
  • Make sure you research the company. Competitors, trends, turnover etc are all good things to quote when they ask how much you know about them.
  • If possible research the interviewer(s) themselves. LinkedIn and Google are excellent tools for this!
  • Make sure your dress is appropriate! Even if the interviewer has a casual dress policy, business attire is best unless you are told otherwise.
  • Try not to be too early! Arriving half an hour early can give an impression that you feel the interviewer has nothing else to do.
  • Make sure that you are not late! An ideal time to arrive is ten minutes prior to the scheduled time.
  • Make plenty of eye contact with your interviewers, and try to avoid (which is a mistake often made) only looking at the most senior interviewer of the panel.
  • Listen to the actual questions asked, and give relevant answers!
  • If you are asked for real life examples, do not be afraid to pause while you think of the best one! This is especially so in Competency Based (CBI) interviews as you will be scored on a rating system.
  • If you have a tendency to fidget, counter this by clasping your hands together. People who fidget in interviews may be perceived to be telling lies.
  • Avoid saying things like “I hated my last boss”, “what does your company do”, “I don’t have any weaknesses”! Call us for free, friendly advice if you feel this will be an issue.
  • Make sure you have questions of your own to ask. If all of these have been answered during the interview, refer to your notes so it is clear that you did have some questions to ask.
  • Avoid talking about money unless the interviewer brings it up. And if your recruitment consultant has told the interviewer you are looking for a certain salary, asking for more than this in the interview can often ruin the chances of landing the job.