Top 10 tips for Success at Interview

Blog Post Published 24th July 2015

Top 10 tips for Success at Interview !


Interviews can be nerve wracking experiences for many of us and often the people who are perfectly qualified for a job are not the ones to get it. The successful candidates are the ones who have gone the extra mile in their preparation and given themselves the best platform to succeed at interview.

We have put together our best 10 interview tips to help you get ahead in your job search.

1. Put yourself in the interviewers shoes

What type of person do you think they are looking for? Take the time to really think about the interview from the interviewer’s perspective as it will help you understand what they want. They are investing their time to find a new member of staff for their organisation; you should appreciate that and be sure to thank them even if the job does not turn out to be quite what you want.

2. Research the company

Information on companies is readily available and the minimum expectation will be that you have visited the company web page. If you really want to give yourself an advantage you should spend a meaningful amount of time using the web page as a base for research in to the company, its people and the market in which it operates.

Social media sites, especially Linked-in, may give you some valuable information that will help make up your mind. Just remember, they can find you too!

3. Read the job description. Thoroughly.

Thorough preparation for an interview is essential and making sure you are familiar with the job description is an important part of this. Firstly, will you be happy in this role? Secondly, which parts of the job are you confident doing and which parts will you need support in? By being familiar with the job description you can pre-empt some of the questions you might be asked and give yourself the best possible interview preparation.

4. Be aware of your weaknesses

None of us are perfect and we all have weaknesses! You should be aware of what your weaknesses are in relation to the job you are applying for. For example, you may have the minimum amount of experience required for the job. By being aware of that prior to the interview you can think of a strength that offsets the weakness; enthusiasm and ambition for example!

5. Think about the strengths that you want to portray

Though none of us are perfect we do all have many strengths! Which of your strengths are the most relevant to the job you are applying for? You may be keen to tell everyone about your amazing sporting ability but that won’t be relevant if you are applying for an administrative position! It is unlikely that you have the time to tell the interviewer about ALL of your strengths so make sure you know the 2 or 3 key strengths you want to put across and focus on them.

6. Be clear on what you want to achieve at the interview

Too often people focus only on what they want the interviewer to know about them and not on what they want and need to know about the job. Before you go in to an interview you should be clear on what you want to know about the job; for example, the salary, the hours, the working environment and the company’s ambitions. As well as giving you the information you need to make your choice, after all you are the one who has to do the job, it will demonstrate to the interviewer that you have put a lot of thought in to your preparation.

7. Be smart, punctual and friendly

This one should be a given but it is worth repeating. You are presenting yourself to the interviewer as a potential employee so you must put your best self forward! Ensure you are dressed and presented well and arrive to the interview in plenty of time (this will also help you stay calm!).

We recommend that you do a dummy run to the interview so that you know its exact location.

8. Interact with the interviewers

A good interview is more likely to take the form of a conversation rather than be 30 minutes to an hour of you sitting there answering questions. Okay, you need to understand that the interviewer should be the more dominant voice in the room but if you have questions you should ask them as they come up, don’t just wait until the end to ask them. You should appear interested in what they have to say and ensure you are interacting with them throughout by making eye contact and speaking directly to them, all of them if there is more than one interviewer.

9. Be honest

Never lie in an interview. You will always get found out in the long run and the outcome will always be bad if you do get caught lying. The worst case scenario is for you to get the job based on a lie and then to be sacked when you are found out; there is no coming back from it.

Obviously you should do your best to emphasise your best traits and reduce the negative impact of revealing a weakness but doing this in an honest manner is likely to be appreciated by the interviewer.

10. Take your time

This one is last but definitely not least! You should take the time to think of your answer so you are deliver it in a clear and concise manner. By giving yourself time to structure your answer you are more likely to get across your key points. Avoid talking to quickly and straying away from the question at all costs! It will make you appear nervous and weak even if you make some good points in your answer.

Bonus tip: stay calm, be confident and enjoy it!

At Success Recruit we work closely with all of our candidates and make sure they are well prepared going in to an interview. We recommend serious preparation and a mock interview where possible as it helps to get you in the right mind-set and gives you the best possible chance of landing your dream job.

If you need help in your job search call us today on 01245 409 839 and speak to one of our consultants. We will always be happy to help!