Interview tips

An interview is your chance to demonstrate in-person that you are perfect for the role. To help keep any nerves at bay, it is best to prepare well ahead of the date. Here is a list of tips for you to maximise your impact at interview.

Research

Before the interview, research the organisation. Take a look at their website to understand what they do, company values and basic information such as number of employees. Awareness of further subjects such as latest industry trends, market competitors and future company strategy can be used during the interview to show you have a genuine interest and understanding of the organisation.  

Travel and timing

Research the best routes to get to the interview venue, double check the interview time and aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early. Should you experience any travel/transport issues, ensure you have a fully charged phone and a contact number for your interviewer or recruiter. If you are going to be delayed, make this known at your earliest opportunity.

Interview Performance

As difficult as it may seem try to be yourself. Have a copy of your CV to hand – this can serve as a prompt and give you something to refer to if needed. Have at least two questions prepared for your interviewer based on your research.

Smile and make eye contact, when answering questions try to be concise. Listen carefully to what is being asked and give an example which answers the question. Explain how a result was gained and what the outcome was. For example, I won a tender for new business worth £20,000, I met with the client and crafted the sales strategy, the company was able to gain a foothold into a new business area as a result.

IT skills

IT forms the backbone of most business operations. If you are not confident using a PC or find typing at a faster pace challenging, it would be advisable to improve your IT skills prior to your interview.

Speed, content accuracy, spelling and grammar are all important elements that require competency.

You may find it beneficial to improve your skills through a course. There are online courses which can be undertaken from your own home and computer, alternatively Jobcentre and local colleges may be able to assist you further. 

Appearance & Attire - Ladies

Either a business suit or a dress in business colours. Hair should be clean and tidy.

Appearance & Attire - Gentlemen

A suit, shirt with a plain tie in muted business dress colour is recommended. Loud or novelty/comedy ties can be off-putting. If you have facial hair ensure it is well groomed.

Body Art and Tattoos

Any tattoos should be covered over.


For more advice relating to interview preparation please see our The STAR Technique page and contact your recruitment consultant or email 


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