Top Tips- The Job Interview

Posted by Red Tree on 21/06/18 in Advice & Tips


Interviews vary in style and length. Some can be formal and structured while others can seem random and more like a general conversation. Let the interviewer set the tone and match your style with theirs, in accordance with your individual personality. Although there is not one way of interviewing, there are standard steps that apply to every interview process.

(If you have been expressly informed that the interview will be a Competency Based Interview, please see our tips on how to prepare for these in our other blog).


  • Your greeting should include a firm handshake, an enthusiastic hello, and lots of eye contact followed by an introduction of yourself.


  • Follow the interviewer’s leads, but try to get the interviewer to describe the position and the duties to you early in the interview process. This way, you may be able to apply your background, skills and accomplishments to the position.
  • Establish rapport with the interviewer. People want to hire those they feel most comfortable with.
  • Make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, sincere manner. Stress achievements. For example: sales records, processes developed, savings achieved, systems installed,etc.
  • Respond to questions being asked as they relate to the position, or the company’s needs. If asked about your background, be specific and only talk about those aspects that relate to the particular position in question.
  • If you are asked, “Do you have any questions for us?” always keep your questions job and company specific (e.g. “You mentioned this position reports to the Head of Finance, is there any other part of the organisation that I will be dealing with on a regular basis?”)
  • If you get the impression that the interview is not going well, do not let your discouragement show. Sometimes an interviewer who is genuinely interested in you may seem to discourage you as a way of testing your reaction.
  • Never be negative about a past employer.
  • Try to avoid discussing salary at the first interview. If pressed, respond something like:”Salary is not the be all and end all for me. I suppose I would look at relevant market rates for someone with my experience.”
  • Make sure you talk about why you are interested in this position and what you can offer the company and that you will do whatever it takes to be a success.
  • Where you have received a job description, Employers often give you the personality traits of the people they hire in the job description. (This can also be found in the ‘About Us’ section of their website)

You might see phrases like; Excellent business acumen, commercial awareness, attitude, Strong Communication Skills, Hard-Working, Team Player (We would recommend that you try to get all of these phrases into your responses)


The closing phase is the most important part of the interview for making a lasting impression that can place you above other competitors for the same position. Remember, the candidate that shows the most enthusiasm for the job, the opportunity and the company is usually the one that gets the offer. Your final words should go something like;

“Thank you very much for your time today and for providing me with more information around the position and the company. I would just like to reinforce my interest in the position and the company and I would be delighted should I get offered the position”

Eamonn O’Reilly, Managing Director of Red Tree Recruitment