Interview preparation

We will prepare you for your interview in order to build your confidence and make you stand out from the crowd. We will also prepare you for your salary negotiations. Here are some tips that will help you to prepare for your interview. Please check our LinkedIn page as we regularly post more detailed interview tips and techniques on the home page. The following is a list of things you should do to best prepare for the interview. Click to expand.

Research the company

Use the internet – the company website and LinkedIn are good places to start – to gather information, relevant statistics and the latest news about the company you are applying to. It is important to be able to show your interviewer that you are aware of the history of the company and the current issues it is facing. Not only will this demonstrate that you are interested in the company, but it will also give you more confidence. By knowing a company’s products and services, you will be able to tell the interviewer why the company is attractive to you.

Prepare responses to typical questions

A key aspect to any successful interview is the preparation and practice of responses to typical questions. Listed below are some typical questions that can be asked during the interview. It is also worth thinking about the type of questions that you would ask if you were interviewing yourself for this job. Typical questions that you can be asked during the interview:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • What are your greatest weaknesses and strengths?
  • How can you contribute to this company?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • Why are you leaving your current role?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • Why should I hire you for this position?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • What did you like most / least about your previous job?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What are your greatest accomplishments?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?
  • What is the toughest decision you have had to face in your current role?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What are your salary expectations?
Prepare some questions for the interview

Asking questions demonstrates your interest in the position. It’s a good idea to take a notebook into the interview with you in order to remind yourself of these questions, and also to be able to take down any notes. Questions that you may ask during the interview:

  • What are the main responsibilities of the role?
  • What would a typical working day be like?
  • How many people are working in the department / company?
  • What is the philosophy on training and development here?
  • How has the company grown over the last few years?
  • If I am successful at this stage, what would be the next stage in the process?
  • When will the hiring decision be made?
  • Would I be working as part of a team or on my own?
  • Do further career opportunities exist within the company?
  • What are the characteristics of employees that excel in this position or similar positions?
  • How is employee performance evaluated? How often is it evaluated?
Directions / Contact numbers:

Ensure you have directions, as well as the interviewer’s phone number in case you are running late. Bring along the recruiter’s phone number to give immediate feedback after the interview.

During the interview:

Your interviewer is trying to find the person who can carry out the duties of the position and also work within the company structure. With this in mind, it is important to show a positive attitude. Also, try to maintain eye contact when your interviewer is speaking to you; answer all questions clearly and concisely, and don’t interrupt the interviewer when they are talking. When you are answering questions, it is very important to use specific examples from your current/previous experience to back up your answers. We will guide you through this process and help you to deliver quality answers in your interview.

At the end of the interview:

At the end of the interview, it is likely that you will be asked if you have any questions. This is another opportunity for you to show your interest in the role and to interact with the interview panel. Don’t be afraid to refer to your note pad for questions you have prepared – it shows you are organised and have a purpose. Before any interview that you have, we will tell you what style of interview it is and how best to prepare for it.