Interview tips


If you have a job interview, there are a number of tips to follow to boost your chances of being hired. A good interview can be the difference between getting the job or missing out to another candidate. Even if your CV isn’t the best, impressing your potential employer is the key to success.

Don’t be late to your interview

Rule number one: turn up on-time. Nothing makes a worse first-impression that turning up late, unless there is a serious reason. The employer has set aside time to meet you, so they would feel very annoyed if you are late. This is especially true if you do not contact them to explain that you are running late.

We recommend aiming to turn up at least 30 minutes before your interview time. This then gives you some contingency time for roadworks and delays, for example, and you can kill some time at a nearby cafe if you do arrive early.

While employers hate it when people are late, they also don’t like it if you are there too early. Five minutes before your interview is the perfect time to arrive, in our opinion.

Research the company

Having a good knowledge and understanding of your employer means you will be more likely to be offered a job and succeed in it down the line. Find out about their aims and values, and ask questions relating to your research. Alternatively, you could work the information into your responses to their questions.

Be honest in your job interview. It’s better to admit that you lack certain knowledge or experience but show desire to learn, rather than lie and turn up incapable of performing the job required. If they ask a question that you cannot answer, explain that you don’t know the answer and if you tried you would just be making it up – they will appreciate your honesty.

Draw on your experience

Tell the interviewer about work you have done in the past which relates to this new job, or how you’ve gained skills suitable for the role.

Ask questions and be enthusiastic, because this will make you appeal much more to the interviewer. Showing positive energy and an interest in the company is key if you are going to be successful, because they won’t hire someone who doesn’t seem to care much.

If you speak slowly and concisely, you will get your points across much better, as well as coming across as intelligent. Somebody who is well-spoken and avoids waffling will stand a much greater chance of being hired than someone who is overly flustered.