Interview Advice

Going for an interview can be daunting, no matter how much experience you have and what job you are applying for.

Generally an interview will consist of telling you about the company and the position you have applied for, asking you some questions which will assess your suitability for the position and then giving you the opportunity to ask some questions.

The company will have your CV from Rugby Recruitment but you can take one with you for your own reference.

Remember, the answers that you give at the interview will help you get the job – your CV is just a guide.

The interview is an opportunity for you to sell yourself. You can be quietly confident and even ‘blow your own trumpet’ (as long as you can support what you’re saying with examples). Be positive – we wouldn’t have recommended you for the job if we didn’t think you were suitable.

Research the company before attending the interview. One of the first questions you might get asked is “What do you know about us”? If you can’t find anything out about the company ask your Rugby Recruitment Consultant and we will give you more information.

Whilst you can’t predict exactly what you will be asked, the key to having a great interview is preparation. Practice with someone so you get used to speaking about yourself.

Arrive at the interview in good time and allow extra time to find the company if you are unsure where they are located. It is OK to arrive 10 minutes early so you can get settled before hand.

The first thing to be aware of is your body language. Sit up straight, don’t cross your arms or slouch on the desk. Try not to shuffle around too much!

Be enthusiastic but not over enthusiastic! After the interview you will want the client to know that you are interested in the position.

Listen to the questions! You will have things you want to get across to the interviewer – but make sure you listen to the question before answering. Let the interviewer finish their question before giving them your answer. After listening to the question pause for a second or two before answering – it will give you some thinking time. Don’t interrupt and don’t finish off their sentence by assuming what they are going to ask.

You may be asked “Why did you leave your last job?”, “What are your weaknesses?”, “Tell me about yourself”?

When asked “open questions” it is a great opportunity to talk about yourself. Keep your answers fairly brief – but informative. It is also good to make your answers relevant to the job.

Some questions may seem deliberately difficult to answer…. they are not being asked to trip you up – they are usually asked to make you think.

Example Questions

  • “Why should you get this job”?
  • “Where do you see yourself in five years time”?
  • “Why do you want to work for this company”?
  • “Why do you want this job”?
  • “How would you describe yourself”?
  • “How would your friends/family/bosses/colleagues describe you”?
  • “How you would handle conflict in the workplace”?
  • “Describe a time when you felt under pressure at work”?
  • “Give me an example of an achievement that you are most proud of”?

You need to give position answers to these questions. Describing your weaknesses does not have to be negative. We all have some – and we can all improve on what we do. So you can say for example “I used to try and juggle too much at work – but you became aware of this and now plan better and you have learnt to be more organised”.

Ideally the answers you give will relate to the job you have applied for. Look at the job specification and practice giving examples of the experience you have for each point.

You need to know the information you have on your own CV in detail. You should be able to comfortably explain about your work history, what you did and how you did it, why you did things in a particular way, what obstacles you had and how you overcame these. Be ready to talk about your achievements – no matter how small – and be prepared to give reasons why you left your previous jobs. Don’t over criticise your past employers – even if they were horrible to work for!

Always have some questions to ask at the end of the interview – and make them relevant to the job you have applied for. Perhaps ask them to expand on certain points made during the interview. Don’t ask “What is the sick pay?” in your first interview!

After the interview thank them for their time and if you enjoyed the meeting, tell them. If you like the company and want the job – now is the time say so.

At your earliest opportunity contact your Rugby Recruitment Consultant and let them know how the interview went. We will get feedback from the company as soon as we can. (We need to speak to you before asking for their feedback).

If you need more information there are many good websites dedicated to attending interviews.

If you have practiced before the interview and you have done your research then you will be great.

Best of luck!!!

Rugby Recruitment