Interview tips

March 1st, 2017 in Recruitment

Five smartly dressed people sit on chairs waiting to go in for an interview

So you wrote a killer CV and landed yourself an interview. Now what?

Do your research
Knowing more about the place you’ve applied at will help you prepare thoroughly for interview day. It’ll show that you’re keen to work there, and it’ll mean you can tailor your responses to show how your experience and skills will fit with your potential new place of work. If you'd like a career with us, find out more about what we, at Home Group, do.

Be prepared
There’s nothing as stress-inducing as being late and/or getting lost. Make sure you know where you’re going and have plenty of time to get there.

The internet is awash with lists of interview questions, ranging from ‘tell me about yourself’ to ‘what cartoon character would you be and why?’. Take a look at the most commonly asked ones and think about how you would answer them.

Take a copy of your CV, a notepad, a pen, and anything else you have been asked to bring. This may be your proof of right to work or a portfolio.

Dress to impress
First impressions count, so make sure you look the part. Whether an informal chat or an interview with a panel, make sure you’re dressed smartly.  People want to know you’ve made an effort and the role is important to you.

All your hard work will mean nothing if you don’t smile. Apart from being welcoming and helping you project confidence, research shows that smiling actually reduces stress.

Ask a question
There is often time at the end of interviews to ask questions, so it’s best to prepare some in advance. Interviews are the exception to the rule of ‘there’s no such thing as a silly question’.

You could ask something specific to the role, like ‘what can I expect from the company in terms of development’, or ask something about the company as a whole like ‘how would you describe the culture in the company?’

Be positive
Always end the interview on a high. Tell your interviewer you look forward to hearing from them, wish them a good day or weekend.

At Home Group
We don’t ask any curveball questions. We shape our interviews around our four values, and we’ll ask you things like:

  • Tell us about a time when you’ve faced a challenge in the work place.
  • Discuss a time when you’ve ‘gone the extra mile’ to meet the needs of the customer.
  • Can you describe a situation where you had to deal with an angry customer?
  • What do you do to ensure you are an effective team player?

Interested? Find out more about working for Home Group.