Interview tips

Congratulations! You’ve secured an interview and the date is set for you to meet your prospective employer. Now what? Here are our top tips for ensuring you are as prepared as possible for your meeting…

Research: 

You know the industry; you know the role but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still lots to learn! Take time before your interview to research the company you are meeting with. Look at their website, LinkedIn page and any social media channels they have. 

If you have the name of your interviewer, search them on LinkedIn too! It will help you get a better understanding of their background and show the interviewer that you are taking an active interest in them. 

Make Notes: 

Whilst conducting your research, take note of anything that interests you or any questions you have – time flies in interviews and if the conversation is flowing, notes will help remind you of any points you wish to raise. 

If conversation stalls, your notes will act as a prompt for conversation starters or questions you’d like to ask. 

Get Organised: 

Have a copy of your CV, the job spec and original job description to hand. It will help remind you of the exact language used and you can refer back to it during the interview if needed. 

If you are interviewing remotely via Zoom, Teams or video call – make sure you have identified a quiet, calm and clear area to conduct the interview in good time. Remember your interviewer will be able to see your surroundings! Ensure your background is neutral and appropriate. Test the internet connection and equipment is all working efficiently ahead of your call too. 

Body Language: 

It’s natural to feel nervous or anxious ahead of an interview – we all do! Just before you walk in, or log in, take a deep breath and try to appear as calm as possible. Body language is an important indicator of how you are feeling so aim to keep yours as open and relaxed as possible. 

Be Honest: 

Cranleigh Personnel has perfectly matched you for this role. The role will be a match for your skill set and aspirations, so the interview process is ensuring the organisation and culture fit are right. Being honest in your interview questions and answers will give you the best chance of a successful placement.  

Candidates