When it comes to preparing for an interview, you must consider all aspects of your CV and the job in question before you face the interview panel. Preparation is the key to success. It is natural to view job interviews as a daunting prospect when so much can be at stake. However, with the right attitude and preparation, interviews can be a positive experience for all concerned – and result in a job offer!

Here are some tips to make sure you are prepared –

Do Your Research – Always make sure you have looked at the company’s website in detail. Research the organisation and have a good understanding of what they do, their products, etc. as this is very important to demonstrate your interest in the company.

The Job Spec – Be able to look through each point of the job description and be able to demonstrate your experience.  I would recommend you go through the job spec highlighting areas you are familiar with and writing alongside examples of where you have carried this out to date. By giving real working examples of your experience this will demonstrate why you are the best person for the job.

Your CV – It is important to know your CV inside out, your education to date, career to date and reasons for leaving certain roles. It is also important to be able to explain any gaps that appear in your CV.

Arrive on time – There is nothing worse than being late for an interview. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes beforehand. Plan ahead by making sure you have good directions. You should know exactly how long it will take to drive to your appointment. Take into account traffic flow for that time of day, or anything else that could delay you. One of the benefits of arriving 15 minutes early to your interview is that you can pick up some useful intelligence about most companies just by sitting in their reception area – such as observing how employees interact, dress, and behave to get an overall feel for the company culture.

Personal Presentation: Dressing to impress for an interview can be a simple yet crucial factor in creating a great first impression at your potential workplace. I have always believed that creating a great first impression can open doors and create opportunities you never knew were possible.

Before deciding what to wear, you need to do a little research about the company you will be meeting with. Typically depending on the field you can make a pretty good guess. Appropriateness is also key. If in doubt, remember the Three C’s: conservative, confident, and classy.

Firm handshake – This is crucial. Always look the interviewer in the eye and give a good firm handshake. This creates a great impression and will get you on the way to a successful rapport with your interviewer.

Focus – Concentration during an interview is very important. Listen to the questions and offer relevant information. Ensure that you focus on meeting the requirements of the interviewer.

Ask final questions – always have a few questions to hand to ask at the end of the interview. This not only shows your interest in the role and company it shows that you have done your research!

Please visit the interviews section of our website for some more general information on preparing for an interview.

I hope these above tips will help you in your interview preparation. Remember Preparation is key!


Sarah Treacy,

Recruitment Consultant,

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group –  Cork Office