Interview Tips

If we have arranged an interview for you then, because we carefully select our candidates, you can be sure you're well matched to the job.

Here are a few tips to help in the interview.

Before the interview

Remind yourself that an interview is a two way process it’s for the employer to find out about you, but also for you to enquire about the job on offer and the company.

Prepare for your interview by finding out as much as you can about the job, the company and its culture, and if possible, the person who will be interviewing you.  Employers are usually impressed with people who find out about their company - the more knowledgeable you are, the less you will have to think on your feet in the interview.

Even if you have already sent one in, take a copy of your CV with you. You could also take copies of certificates, references and examples of your work if appropriate. You may not need them, but you should be prepared.

Remember that punctuality is essential! Plan your route and how you will get there. Do a dummy run if you are not sure of timings. Be sure to set off early to give yourself plenty of time, you may need to deal with unexpected delays on the day.

Prepare some relevant questions that you could ask your interviewer.

On the day

Put some thought into your appearance, first impressions really do count the first few seconds are vital.

Don’t forget to switch off your mobile phone!

Be polite to any staff that you meet before your interview, they could influence the decision.

In the interview

When you meet your interviewer, walk in confidently, shake hands, look them in the eye, smile and introduce yourself. Sit down when invited.

Remember that body language is important - sit up straight, look interested, maintain eye contact and don’t fiddle with anything. Skilled interviewers will be noting how you compose yourself, so smile and try to look as if you are enjoying the experience!  

Give precise, concise answers to any questions. Make sure you highlight how your qualities perfectly match their job description, be positive and assertive about your replies. Don’t criticise your last employer.

If you don’t understand a point, ask for clarification.

Try to remember to ask the questions that you prepared before the interview!

At the end of the interview, if the position is of interest, tell them. Ask what the next stage in the process is. Stand up, smile, shake hands, and thank them for their time.

Questions often asked at interviews

Why are you interested in this position?
How much do you know about the job you have applied for?
What do you consider to be your strengths and areas of development?
What skills could you bring to the job?
What kind of people do you like to work with?
Do you prefer to work in a team or alone? Give examples.
What do you know about our company? What is your view of our company?
Can you work under pressure? Describe a situation when you have had to do so.
How do you see your future?
What was the most responsible duty you carried out in your job?
What is your health record?
Give an example of when you have had to handle difficult clients/customers?
Why did you leave your last position? Why do you want to leave your present company?
What salary are you looking for?
What are your leisure interests?
Why do you want this job?
What motivates/de-motivates you?
What is your greatest achievement?
Would you be prepared to relocate?
You appear to have moved employers a lot, why?
How would your boss describe you?
Why should I employ you in this position?
What is the hardest thing that you have had to overcome?
What do you want to achieve in the next five years?
How do you like to be managed?

Questions that should be asked at interviews

Who will I be working for?
Who will I be working with?
How many people are there in the department?
Are there promotion prospects? And if so, what?
What are the exact hours I’ll be working?
Are there any periods when business peaks? What effect will this have on the job, if any?
Are there any training schemes from which I may benefit?
What computer system is used?
When are you looking for somebody to start?
Is there a dress code?