Pre-interview tips

  • Find out some basic company information before you go, check out their website or call them and ask to send you some company information
  • Make sure you have the name and job title of the person you are meeting
  • Dress appropriately, first impressions count!
  • Give yourself time to arrive early and to allow for traffic or getting lost
  • Be punctual, arrive 10 minutes early and let the receptionist know you have arrived
  • Take a spare copy of your CV and read it through again in case you get asked about it

Typical interview questions

  • Why do you want to or why did you leave your current or previous employer?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What ambitions do you have for the future?
  • What have been your greatest achievements?
  • What skills can you bring to this role?
  • What do you know about the company?
  • Tell me a little about yourself

Questions you may want to ask

  • What is my potential career path within the organisation?
  • What training is given?
  • What will I be doing on a day-to-day basis?
  • What resources would be available to me?
  • Can you tell me about the organisational structure?
  • To whom would I report?
  • Who would be reporting to me?

At the interview

  • Be enthusiastic and show you are reasonably informed about the organisation and the role
  • Take the interview seriously, your attitude is every bit as important as your qualifications
  • Listen when the interviewer is talking but by all means ask intelligent and / or searching questions
  • Be honest, but also ensure you actively promote your skills and potential
  • Avoid one word answers, especially "no"
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, say so, or if you do not understand the question always ask for clarification
  • If you have any doubts about the vacancy or the company you should keep them to yourself during the interview
  • Don't criticise previous employers
  • As the interview draws to a close ask how you have done, if the interviewer seems evasive or negative ask them to explain their reservations in order for you to positively respond outlining your strengths

At the end of the interview ask questions such as

  • What is the next stage of the selection process? Is there a second interview, if so, who will be attending and when will this be arranged?
  • How many people are left to be interviewed and how do you compare to the other candidates?
  • When will a decision be made and by whom?

After the interview

  • Following the interview always call the agency or email us with your feedback so we can progress the opportunity with the client.