RealRec Top 10 Interview Tips

1) Research your interviewers

  • Use LinkedIn
  • Use Google to find relevant information

2) Research the company

  • Look at the about us page
  • Look at the careers page
  • Meet the team (gives you a good idea as to company culture)
  • Look at what other sectors they operate in
  • Use Google to find recent news and articles

3) Know your CV inside out

  • Make sure you can discuss in detail anything that you have written on your CV

4) Know  your network

  • The old adage of ‘Who you know, not what you know’ is true to a certain extent. Having a good network of people who you can call to generate business is very important. In order to succeed to partner or associate or director levels its about being able to generate new business and income
  • Proving that you have a relevant network demonstrates that you understand how business works and emphasises how employing you could add value
  • You may also find common connections, furthering your relevance to the hiring manager

5) Research the company’s competitors

  • This shows that you know the market and understand where the company sits within it
  • Allows you to ask a question “how are you different to company ‘x’?”

6) Research the general market

  • Whether it be property, law, economics, finance etc it is important that you are aware of the latest news and how that will directly affect the company
  • Knowing more than your competitors will make you stand out as a more rounded individual

7) Dress appropriately

  • This is obviously industry dependent, however, I always advise that it is better to be over dressed than under dressed. There is nothing worse than turning up to a party wearing jeans and a t-shirt, whilst everyone else is wearing a suit
  • Men: Wear a suit and tie, shaved or neatly cropped beard, no piercings and polished shoes
  • Women: Wear a suit or a business dress, not too much make up, simple jewellery and appropriate shoes

8) Timing is crucial

  • Turning up late is a terrible idea
  • Turning up too early is also not advised. Most hiring managers are busy people and will have quite full calendars, therefore you don’t want to put pressure on your interviewer by making them feel guilty that your sitting in reception twiddling your thumbs
  • I would advise arriving 5-10 minutes prior to your interview starting
  • Please note I would aim to be in the area at least 15-30 minutes beforehand, that way if you encounter any delays it wont be a huge issue

9) End of interview questions

  • You will always be asked at the end of the interview “do you have any questions for me?”
    1. What do you think makes your company different to your competitors?
    2. Explain to me the make-up of the team and where I would sit within it?
    3. I’ve noticed on LinkedIn that you have progressed from tea maker to Associate Director, could you please explain to me realistic targets for career progression?
  • The trick is to get the interviewer to sell the position to you and to make them think about you in the role or in their team

10) Thank your interviewer

  • It’s very easy to feel so relieved at the end of the interview that you forget to do the basics
  • Before you leave thank the interviewer for the opportunity and for their time
  • This shows that you have good manners and thus you will be good with clients
  • If they give you their business card or contact details, make sure you send a follow up email later that day. Not a massive long worded email, but just a quick 1 or 2 line email reiterating your interest in the position and thanking them for their time