Tips for a successful job interview

|  17 Apr 2019

Have you just secured an interview through TalentHQ Recruitment? Well done. That’s Fantastic news!

Remember an interview is for you to ensure that it’s the right job, environment and employer for you too and we will make sure that you’re fully prepared every step of the process.

Here’s a little pre job interview check-list

    • Research the company website and social media profiles and any relevant news on the client.
    • Lookup your interviewer(s) via LinkedIn or Google and find out some more about them.
    • Practice describing your work history in order, including your reasons for leaving.
    • Ensure you have a couple of spare copies of your CV on you.
    • Research where you’re going beforehand.
    • Make sure you give yourself enough time to arrive 10 minutes early.
    • Try and relax and ensure that you are ready to make a fantastic first impression.
    • Offer a firm hand shake, eye contact and smile when you greet your interviewer(s).
    • An interview is like going into an exam: the more research you’ve done (or revision) then the more confident you’re going to feel and come across.

Popular questions interviewer often ask

Here a few examples of popular questions interviewers are likely to ask. Be prepared,

  • What do you know about this company?
  • Tell me about yourself? This is the opportunity to let your personality come through and be prepared to describe your hobbies and interests etc.
  • Why do you want to come and work for us?
  • What are your major strengths/weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to leave your current employer?
  • What has been the biggest challenge in your career so far?
  • How would your friends/colleagues describe you?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  • Can you describe yourself in 3 words?
  • Which 3 people would you invite to a dinner party and why?
  • Who is your role model in life and why?
  • Be prepared for those unexpected questions as well…

Examples of good questions to ask at a job interview

Do you have some pre-prepared questions to ask at the end of the interview?

Here are some examples of some good questions you can ask.

  • Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • What do you think are the most important qualities for someone to excel in this role?
  • What are the short and long term objections of the company?
  • Could you describe the company culture?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing the company/department right now?
  • What is the typical career path for someone in this role?
  • What do you like best about working for this company?
  • What are your expectations for this role during the first six months?
  • Do you have any reservations on my background or ability to do the job?
  • What are the next steps in the interview process?

Remember, your interviewer wants enthusiastic individuals, so always ensure that you end the interview positively by telling them that you’re keen on the job and why you feel you are ‘the right candidate’ for them – it’s always important to leave a positive last impression.

Emma Brindle

TalentHQ Recruitment founder and chief talent spotter, Emma is truly dedicated at talent-spotting the best local ‘talent’ for her clients. A real ‘people person’ and still a hands-on recruiter. For Emma, it’s all about the buzz of matching ‘the right talent to the right job’ and she’ll never tire from that!