interview technique

interview technique

preparation is key

Fail to plan, plan to fail.

The interview process is rarely the same from one employer to the next, so planning and preparation is absolutely crucial.

Take a look at our guide on how to be as prepared as possible for an interview.



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do your research 

To impress the interviewer, it's essential to gather as much information about the company and the role as possible.

Spend time on the company's website and explore its social networks to gain insight into its products or services, structure, projects, and values.

If your interview is setup by us, we will send you the client website, the job description and support you with your preparation.

Don’t stop there – if the client is a specialist in a product, service or industry, make sure you do some background research in the markets they support and the value they add too.

Hiring Managers will love to hear about not only why you want to work for the company, but how you are passionate about the products, services or industries they support and how you can add value to them.

This knowledge will help you tailor your responses and demonstrate your genuine interest in the organisation.


Be informed

Before each interview, take the time to review your CV and any application forms you may have completed.

The interviewer will expect you to be familiar with both, and you'll need to demonstrate that you've addressed the key requirements of the role.

Prepare real work and life experiences that showcase your skills and experience, providing the interviewer with tangible evidence demonstrating that you are the right fit for the job.



Competency Based Interviewing

Competency based Interviewing is becoming widely used, and is designed to test one or more skills - or competencies.

Also known as behavioural, structured or situational interview questions, interviewers will ask a set list of questions based on a specific skill and your answers will be compared to a pre-identified list of answers.

Candidates are asked questions that require them to demonstrate their behaviour and/or skills in specific circumstances with examples.

To prepare, use the STAR technique

Explain the SITUATION you faced or, explain the TASK you were given.
Then say what ACTION you took and finish with the RESULT you achieved.



further preparation

planning and punctuality

Plan your route to the interview location and ensure that you arrive on time. Arriving early shows your punctuality and professionalism.

Ensure you know the names and titles of the individuals that you'll be meeting and keep their contact details handy in case of any unavoidable delays.

Dress appropriately, taking into account the specific company culture.

Understanding what the interviewer wants is key to interview success, and there's no substitute for thorough preparation.

If you are unsure on any of the above, contact your consultant in plenty of time before the interview for assistance.



Their questions

Anticipate the questions the interviewer might ask and prepare your answers in advance. For example:

  • Why do you want to work for us and why do you want this position?
  • What do you know about the company?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What do you like/dislike about your current job role?
  • Why are you looking for a new position?
  • What has been your greatest achievement to date?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What are your aspirations for the future?
  • What can you offer your new company?

When responding, focus on your achievements and remain positive throughout the interview.

Your questions

To show genuine interest in the role and the company, prepare thoughtful and perceptive questions to ask the interviewer.

Remember, its not just about you selling yourself to the company its about them selling the opportunity to you.

Take into account any information already provided during the interview and have backup questions ready in case some of them have already been covered, such as:

  • Why has this role become available?
  • What are some of the challenges you/the department are facing at the moment?
  • What are the expectations/goals of this role?
  • What are the future plans for the company?
  • What investment in training and/or development can I expect in this position?
  • How would you describe the culture and environment of the organisation?



Towards the end of the interview, enquire about the next stage of the interview process and when you can expect to hear from them or receive their feedback.

Let the interviewer know that you are interested in the position, and of course, express your gratitude for their time and consideration.

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