Interview Preparation – 6 ways to impress

  1. The Practicalities:
  • Double check the interview time and aim to be early.
  • Face to face interview – Check the route, how will you get there, backup options if you have any transport issues, where will you parking?
  • Video interview– make sure there’s plenty of light, what will your background be, some people choose interesting backgrounds, artwork, talking points etc
  • Telephone interview – phone fully charged, find a spot with good signal

2. Choose what you’re wearing:

  • This takes the pressure off before the interview, especially if its an early start.
  • Also gives you a chance to try on a few outfits so you look your best.

3. Research the company – your recruiter can help you here!

  • The goal is to identify some good talking points (& questions to ask) whilst also being able to demonstrate you’ve prepared and are serious about working for the company
  • Speak to your recruiter about what they do – ask for their advice
  • Check their Social media channels, Youtube, company website, this is an easy way to learn about the company and will give you some good talking points
  • Make sure you know what they do
  • How do they make money? (not always obvious)
  • Check the Linkedin profiles / Website bio of those on the interview panel – try and identify some more talking points

4. Prepare some answers to common questions – such as…

  • Tell me about yourself (this often stumps people)
  • What are your main skills?
  • What could you bring to this company?
  • Why do you want to work here?

5. Prepare some good questions to asks – some good examples:

  • Where do you see the company in the next 6 months / 12 months / 5 years etc?
  • Who was the last person you hired in my position? Elaborate – How have they found it? What position are they in now?
  • What do you like about working here?
  • If I’m successful, what can I expect to get stuck into when I start?
  • Where could this role lead if I’m successful?
  • What challenges is the company facing currently? How are you handling them?
  • Cultural questions – ask about company events, who you’ll be working with, team structure
  • Ask questions that lead on from the prep you’ve done – “I noticed you say on your website _______ – what does this mean?”

6. Things to bring:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Write down your journey if its complicated
  • If you’ve prepare a presentation / document / slideshow then you can bring a device to show it on

Best of luck for the interview make sure you call your consultant afterwards – on 0161 388 2635 and we will contact the client to move the process forwards.

Don’t worry if the interview hasn’t gone well for any reason, just let us know and we will always do what we can to help, if there are mitigating factors we will make sure the hiring manager is aware!

All the best,


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