Interview Tips for Job Seekers

Interview Tips for Job Seekers

The UK job market is incredibly competitive right now, and an average of only 2% of candidates who apply for a job are selected to attend a job interview. That means that if you’ve been invited for a job interview, you’re already performing better than many of your peers: but now it’s time to make that all-important interview count! If you’re suffering from pre-interview nerves, or just want to ensure that you make a great first impression, then these top interview tips for candidates going to interview can help:


Research shows that you only have seven seconds to make a good impression in a job interview, so it’s important that you approach your interview with confidence and are fully prepared. Some integral elements of good interview preparation include:

  • Ensuring that you dress professionally. Presentation is so important so make sure to choose an outfit that is plain and simple, but appropriate for your chosen workplace so that your interviewer can focus on what you have to say rather than on what you’re wearing.
  • Research the company you are interviewing with, including its products and services, main competitors, and company ethos. Aim to have a depth of knowledge about the company that you can weave into conversation during your interview.
  • Prepare your CV, portfolio, and references in advance. Have these available whenever your interviewer asks to see them.

Arrive Early

Nothing makes a worse first impression than arriving late to a job interview, and short of a significant disaster, there is no reason not to arrive on time. In fact, you should aim to arrive at the correct location approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled interview time. This will give you a chance to gather your thoughts, observe the dynamic of the office or workspace, and read through your CV and notes. Don’t forget to bring along a copy of your CV, and any work samples or portfolio, so that you have these to hand if your interviewer wants to see them. Finally, as you arrive at your interview location, turn off your mobile phone. Whilst your time might be your own, this won’t create the right first impression, and a mistimed phone call could cost you the job of your dreams.

Listen Carefully

Listening is a skill and one that is important to demonstrate in your job interview. Some top tips to ensure you are an effective listener include resisting the urge to interrupt when the interviewer is talking, maintaining good eye contact throughout the conversation, leaning forward when you listen, and facing the interviewer directly. Communication is a two-way interaction, and for your interview to be successful you will need to spend as much time listening to your interviewer as you do talking to them.

Ask Questions

Many interviewers will conclude an interview by giving the candidate the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. Whilst it can be tempting to say no and get out of the interview as quickly as possible, this would be a wasted opportunity. Successful candidates will almost always ask interesting and insightful questions. Some examples you could use include:

  • Why is this position open?
  • What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 90 days if I secure the role?
  • How will my performance be measured?
  • What do you feel is the best thing about working with this company?

Wondering what other preparation you could complete to enhance your chance of interview success? If you need any tips, please get in touch! Murray Recruitment can help to improve your interview technique, build your confidence, and answer any pre-interview questions you may have. You can contact us by phone at 01698 628 092.