Interview Advice


  • Know where you are going
  • Know who you are seeing
  • Understand how the company works
  • Understand the job description
  • Look at their web site if possible
  • Always dress smartly, shirt/tie, business suit etc
  • Be on time – if not 10 minutes early
  • No smoking beforehand
  • No smoking beforehand first impressions count, smile, firm hand shake, sit up straight, good eye contact
  • Cover questions you may be asked
  • Answer questions directly
  • Listen, if you don’t understand then ask to repeat
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Reasons for leaving previous positions
  • Why do you want this job
  • Questions to ask the client
  • Close the interview – ask for the job/explain why you are interested in it

Possible questions you may be asked at interview

  • What do you know about the job?
  • What do you know about the company/product?
  • Why do you want to leave your current job, why did you leave previous jobs?
  • What parts of your current job do you enjoy?
  • What parts do you not enjoy?
  • Where do you see yourself in? years time?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What weaknesses do you have?
  • What experience do you have that is related to this job?
  • Why do you want to work for this company?
  • Why do you want this job? Why do you feel this is the job for you?
  • How would you handle a call from an angry customer?
  • What other positions have you applied for? How do you prefer to work, on your own or in a team?
  • IF SALES – What sort of selling have you done in the past?
  • IF SALES – How would you sell something to a person who doesn’t really want to buy it?
  • IF SALES – What’s the biggest objection you come up against, and how do you overcome it?
  • What is your notice period?

Please remember this is a brief guide to interviewing and if you wish to have a more in-depth consultation then call Zest 2 Recruitment who will be happy to help.

Questions to ask the Client

  • How many staff are employed with your company?
  • How long have you been established?
  • With regard to your product range, how does the market fair at present?
  • Within your industry, where does your company rank?
  • Will I receive training – either product knowledge or computer?
  • Will I need to stand in for any staff in their absence eg receptionist?
  • Do you deal with any international companies and export your product?
  • Are there any other companies/subsidiaries that belong to you?

Closing questions

  • What qualities are you looking for in a person that you haven’t seen in me?
  • When are you making the final decision?
  • With regard to your product range, how does the market fair at present?
  • Do you mind if I give you a call when all the interviews have been completed, as I would really like this job?
  • I have really enjoyed this interview, and am extremely interested in the position, when will I hear back?
  • When can I start?

Above all, enjoy the interview, find out as much information as you can about the company and what is on offer, so you can make an informed decision about your new career.

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