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Hawk Recruitment Interview Prep


When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview can oftentimes determine your chances of making it to the next step.



Interviews shouldn’t be a daunting experience and like everything in life a little preparation can make all the difference. 


Find out what the Interview Format will be

Face-to face – the traditional and still most common form of interview. You will be questioned on your suitability for the job by an individual or panel. Face-to-face interviews usually last between 30 minutes and 1 hour, and may be preceded or followed by tests and exercises. The questions may be strengths-based or competency-based.

Telephone – most often used by employers early in the application process to filter large numbers of applicants down to a more manageable number. If you’re successful you’ll typically be invited to a face-to-face interview or assessment centre. Expect a telephone interview to last around half an hour.


Interview research

Your performance in an interview depends, to a significant extent, on how well you prepare. Don’t leave this until the last minute. In the days leading up to the interview, focus your research on the:

  • Employer – you need to show that you understand the business beyond the basics. What exactly does the company do? Who are there customers and competitors? What major projects have they recently completed? This kind of knowledge demonstrates a genuine interest.
  • Role – read the job description again and, if you completed an application form, go over it to refresh your memory of how your skills and qualifications match the role you’re applying for. It’s vital that you can explain why you want the job, that you understand the role and, even more importantly, why the employer should choose you over other candidates



You should consider how you’ll answer common interview questions please see some examples below:

  • How did you hear about the position? 
  • What do you know about the company? 
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why should we hire you? 
  • Tell me about a time you made a mistake? 
  • What are your greatest professional strengths? 
  • What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

As well as preparing some questions you’d like to ask the interviewer. You can also write and practice answers to common interview questions with someone you trust – possibly even recording yourself and then reviewing your performance.

Practical things to know 

There are also some practical things to plan.  Know when and where you’re going.  Do a test run if possible. Who to ask for when arriving for an interview, find out who’s going to be interviewing you. Make sure you have a job description. Find out the dress code – dress smart to play it safe.


What to take

Ensure you have everything you need, such as:

  • pen and notebook
  • your CV and interview invitation
  • your academic certificates and work examples if requested
  • photo ID

As you’re preparing for the interview, think about ways you can show yourself in a positive light. Among the best techniques are:

  1. Punctuality – arriving late will increase your stress levels and give the employer a bad first impression, so do your best to arrive in good time.
  2. Positivity and enthusiasm – be polite and professional with any staff you meet before or after the interview and, if you’re feeling particularly nervous, remind yourself that the very worst thing that could happen is not getting the job. During the interview, respond to questions with positive statements, be enthusiastic about the job and avoid badmouthing your previous employers or university tutors.
  3. Body language – give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after the session. Once you’re seated, sit naturally without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk. Throughout the interview, remember to smile frequently and retain eye contact.
  4. Clarity – answer all questions clearly and concisely, evidencing your most relevant skills, experiences and achievements. It’s perfectly acceptable to pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if you’re unsure what a question means. When answering, don’t speak too quickly.


After the interview

As your job interview comes to an end, make sure you find out when you’ll be informed of the outcome – and thank the interviewer for giving you the chance to attend.

Make some notes about the questions that were asked and how you answered them while the interview is still fresh in your memory. This will help you prepare better for any future interviews.

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