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Interview Guide

over 6 years ago

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A guide to interviews

What are employers looking for?

This can vary from position to position, but the main qualities sought by the majority of employers are:

  • Positive Attitude

  • A genuine interest in the company and the position

  • Communication skills

  • High Performance Standards

  • Stable work history


Failure to prepare means that you are preparing to fail.

The more information you are armed with, the better your chances are of your interview being a success.

  • Research the company.

  • Look through and research the company web site (print off to take to the interview).

  • Call the companies head office and request company Literature.

  • Research the market place and competitors.

  • Prepare at least 10 questions for the client

  • Create a Reminder Pack – will you be remembered? (Call us on 0208 166 5252 for help with this)

  • Your understanding of the role

  • Your relevant experience

  • Your key attributes as an individual

  • Take extra copies of your CV

  • Dress Smart

  • Take a pad and a pen to take notes during the interview.

  • Plan your journey and arrive at the interview with plenty of time to spare. 

Interview Process

a. Start of the Interview:

On first contact/Introduction ensure the following:

  • A good firm handshake

  • Good eye contact

  • Confident manner

  • Never carry anything in your right hand as this is the hand you will shake with.

  • Also remember the interview commences as soon as you enter the premises.

  • Be polite to all staff that you meet. They count too – and may influence a decision in you favour.

b. During the Interview:

  • Stay Positive

An opening company question to you might be:

“what do you know about our company”

  • Let the interviewer lead the conversation early on, but try to establish or clarify the role and responsibilities early on, this way you can apply previous skills to the position.

  • Always be factual and concise.

  • Show confidence and poise.

  • Avoid nervousness.

  • Keep the attitude of ‘what I can do for the company’ not ‘what can the company do for me’. Sit up straight and maintain a good posture.

  • Talk about what appeals to you about the company and what you can offer.

  • Do not discuss salary, holidays, bonuses, retirement etc during the first interview. If the interviewer insists consider a neutral response: ‘I will consider any reasonable offer’ or state your current salary.

  • Do not make unnecessary derogatory remarks about current or former employers, stay neutral as they may be trying to test you.

c.  Closing the Interview:

The close:

  • This is the most important part of the interview.

  • Find out what the clients concerns/reservation are about you and try to overcome them, through previous knowledge and skills.

  • Explain to the interviewer that you are interested in the position and ask if there is any reason why he/she would not invite you back for a 2nd interview.

  • Ask them what the next stage is? (If there is a 2nd interview) Who will be involved in the 2nd Interview?

What is the structure of the 2nd interview? Would you require a presentation?

  • Summarise why you are interested in the role/why you want the job?

  • If the client does not commit to informing you, ask them who will be contacting you


During the interview the client will continually be making assessments of your performance. The client will remember the negative factors more than the positives, so you must limit the clients opportunities to criticise your performance.

Points the client will notice:

  • Poor personal appearance

  • Weak handshake and poor eye contact

  • Aggressive, overbearing manner

  • Poor communication with client

  • Lack of preparation and research

  • Not making notes, no paper and pen

  • Not enough copies of your C.V.

  • Condemnation of past employers

  • Lack of enthusiasm for the interview

  • Lack of career planning, goals and aspirations

  • Poor understanding and explanation of reasons for leaving

  • Failure to question the client

  • Failure to close the interview

Finally enjoy the interview, this is your chance to sell yourself and your skills.