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Interview Tips

With the range of techniques used by employers to assess a candidate’s suitability for a job and a company it is essential to be well prepared for the interview process.

Preparation »
  • Check the date, time, location and name of the person with whom you are due to meet.
  • Ensure you have sufficiently researched the background of the company and the role and possess a good insight into the people and the culture.
  • Read the company’s website and familiarise yourself with every aspect of the company. Very often hiring managers are profiled on the company website so these can be a good first introduction to your interviewer.  Also search LinkedIn for company information and profiles of management.
  • Fully understand the job description and the skills and competencies that the job requires. Be prepared to give examples of work you have done which match those skills and competencies.
  • Know your own CV. Be able to talk around it using it as a point of reference to promote your experience, strengths and weaknesses.
  • Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer. Writing questions down and referring to them in the interview demonstrates preparation and initiative so don’t be afraid to refer to them.
  • Be prepared to answer competency based questions which will ask for specific examples of prior experience.


Appearance »

First impressions are a vital aspect of your interview and you should appear comfortable, smart, professional and confident. Ask whether you need to wear a suit and tie – in some situations a suit is not always appropriate.

Body Language »

Make sure you offer a firm handshake, a smile and plenty of eye contact. If you are being interviewed by a panel address your responses to the entire panel, not just the person asking the questions.

Listen »

How well you listen in an interview will be a strong indication of your communication skills. Be sure to listen to the questions you are being asked so that your answer is relevant.

Nerves can often affect the way in which we listen and reply to a question. Try to keep nerves under cnotrol and don’t be afraid to pause to think about an answer.

Dont' be afraid to ask questions throughout the interview if you feel you need further information or something is not made clear to you by the interviewer. Make sure you are factual and concise with your answers.

Close »

Ask what the next stage will be and reaffirm your interest in the role. Show enthusiasm for the job and be sure to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet you.

Even if you are usure if the role is entirely suitable for you it is important to leave the interviewer with the impression that you do want the job.