How to prepare for an interview – the Greenhill way!

Preparing for an interview in the right way is vital for success. Without your focused dedication, your interview could be a disaster. It is as important as your CV, cover letter, interview attire and the way you interact. The team at Greenhill Recruitment have collated some general tips to ensure you perform at the interview in the best possible position.

  1. Time Allocation & Surroundings

You need to dedicate a time and place you can be fully engrossed in preparing for your interview. We encourage starting your preparation within 5-7 days (where possible) of your interview. Make sure the space you are working in has what you need; appropriate lighting, total quiet (if possible), comfortable seating (not laying down!) and good connection to the internet.

  1. Key Information

Do you have the relevant material and documents for the interview? You will need as a minimum; the job description, interview task (if applicable), relevant websites, contacts of who you will be meeting, times, dates and location.

  1. Detail

The detail is what determines the vacancy. You have been selected for interview because of your detailed experience in relation to the objectives of the role. You need to be able to highlight and use your strengths for this position in the interview whenever you can. You have access to this information in the job description; particularly goals and duties.

  1. Research

You should expect to be asked what you know about the company and the role. Thorough investigation into the company, their products/services, website and news regarding the organisation and industry will inform you of some relevant and up to date knowledge. You should also scope out who is interviewing you so you can find points of similarity to build rapport on. Do you know anyone who is or has worked with the company?

  1. Practice

Whether it is a presentation or an initial 20 minute telephone call – practice and run through what you would like to say and how you would answer tricky questions. It will help you highlight areas that need improvement and areas of what your strengths are. Communicate with your consultant and give yourself the chance to put yourself in the mind-set that you would be in, when in interview.

It is important to feel relaxed, prepared and ready to give the best impression you can. You should be prepared to fail if you fail to prepare, and as clichéd and old-fashioned as this sounds, it’s true.

We can honestly say from experience the candidates who prepare well and go the extra mile before the interview, are the candidates who succeed and land the job.