Interview Preparation

Preparation prevents poor performance

Prior to the Interview - Do your Research

  • Put in the effort to find out as much about the company as possible and further details of the position
  • Search the website and any company literature to help you prepare
  • If possible and practical, visit the company, check out the location, make sure you know exactly where you’re going, how long it will take to get there and ensuring you leave ample time in case of possible delays etc.
  • Consider and rehearse questions that you might be asked during the interview
  • Prepare questions for the Interviewer – think about what you want and need to know 

All the above indicates initiative, an interest in the company and the position as it is key to ensure the Interviewer recognises your interest, enthusiasm and desire for the role, also think about the all important - First Impression so consider the appropriate attire.

On the Day

Aim to arrive early for your interview – 15 minutes prior is usually a good benchmark. Introduce yourself at reception and take time to be courteous and pleasant to staff, they could be asked for their first impression of you. While you’re waiting for your interview, read over any corporate literature that may be to hand and mentally rehearse your questions and answers – depending on the environment observe the activity it will give you a good impression of the working ethic and well being of existing staff. When you meet the Interviewer, be pleasant, polite, greet them appropriately and have a good, confident handshake.

During the Interview

Make yourself as comfortable as possible, show interest and enthusiasm - to be impressive….be impressed! Use every opportunity to show the employer that you are the person they are looking for and the position is what you are looking for. Build the case for them to choose you and leave them with a good impression. 

When answering questions -  

  • Listen carefully to any questions that you are asked and wait until they have finished speaking before you reply.
  • Think and take time to consider your answer, making your points clear and concise – don’t feel pressured in filling any silences.
  • Try to avoid answering with just a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Instead, answer questions and look to add perspective e.g. “I have previously had a situation like that”, “my experience in sales/service/parts has provided me with insight into….”
  • Your interview answers should reference your experiences, achievements, transferable skills or knowledge, where possible. 
  • Use your research – Make comments or ask questions using the information you have researched, read back their key words, phrases, mission statements as this shows that you have prepared and put effort into finding out about the company and the position.

At the end of the Interview

Don’t be afraid to ask what will happen next or how long it will be until you hear from the Interviewer. Thank the Interviewer for their time and consider the last impression you will leave in terms of body language, eye contact and personal demeanour 

After the Interview

Let us know how you think you did – the key thing is ensuring you performed and came across as you intended to. If you have thought of any questions after the interview, do not be afraid to discuss them with us. If you have any questions or need any assistance in either planning or preparing for your interview, contact us we are there to support you.