Interview Tips

How to make the best impression on prospective employers!

The interview process has many unknown factors associated with it; however, it is undoubtedly the most important part of the recruitment process.


Making the right impression with an interviewer makes the difference between a job offer and a rejection, consequently, the best advice we can give to you, as the candidate is to do your homework well before you meet with your potential employer.


Remember: You only get one chance to make a good impression. Interviews come in different formats, some are more structured and sophisticated than others, but it is important to remember that the same basic core rules apply.


Here are some tips to steer you in the right direction:

  • Be honest at all times. Trying to be someone else will be picked up on, especially if you are successful in moving on to second and final stage interviews.
  • Always find out how many people will be interviewing you on the day and whether there will be any skills based tests used.
  • Research the organisation well in advance of your interview. These days use the power of websites, as they are generally very thorough and informative. Print out information and learn as much as you can about the philosophy and approach to their business.
  • Be aware of how you look on the day and always be impeccable in your grooming unless you have been advised of a more relaxed company culture beforehand. How you are dressed shows how much advanced effort you have made to understand the culture of the company that you have applied to.
  • Plan to arrive slightly earlier so that you are not rushed in any way or left to manage unforeseen delays. Organise your travel in advance and be sure of correct routes and the time of day you are travelling.
  • Always be positive and friendly in any interview. Remember not to criticize your previous Managers in any way unless there is a valid reason for you to do so.
  • Be proactive if they ask if you have any further questions and ensure these are thought through prior to the interview.


Preparation is key, take a look at our Common Interview Questions.