Tips for a successful interview

Congratulations! Your CV has been progressed to interview and now it’s time to seal the deal. So what’s the best way to prepare for the “big day”?

Having gone through the Ford & Stanley candidate discovery process, your potential new employer will be aware of your motivations, aspirations, salary expectations, location and current situation. They will have also received notes as to why Ford & Stanley feel you are suitable for the role in terms of both hard and soft skills.

Your consultant will arrange to complete interview preparation prior to the interview, where they will run through the plan for the day with you and provide you will all the hints, tips and tools you will need. This will give you the perfect opportunity to ask questions and bounce ideas around – ultimately providing you with a sounding board and an opportunity to utilise the experience of an interviewing specialist.


Do your research

  • Have you visited the employer’s website? Get a feel for the corporate style and structure and think about how your role fits in to the organisation.
  • Do you fully understand the role profile and job description? Take the opportunity to ask our consultants any questions you may have in enough time, prior to interview.
  • Have you taken a look at the profiles of the individual’s you are meeting on LinkedIn? This may help in understanding their role(s) better and where they fit within the organisation.
  • Visit the news page of the employer website and have a quick read of any recent news articles in the press.


Prepare yourself

  • Are you comfortable where you are going, at what time and who you are reporting to? Have you planned your journey? In our experience we would recommend that you arrive ten minutes prior to your interview start time.
  • If you are asked to bring any supporting documents or reference details, ensure they are ready in advance of your interview.


Ask questions

  • Have you thought about what questions you may ask at the end of the interview? We recommend that candidate’s prepare two to three key questions, for example “What training is offered?”, “What are the organisation’s growth plans over the next 6 months?” or “When can I expect to hear from you and what are the next steps?”