Preparation is essential to a candidate being successful. Red Executive is always delighted to assist our candidates with interview preparation. However, it is always a good idea to take the lead and start doing your pre-interview homework well in advance.

Always ensure:

  • You know the exact location and time of the interview.
  • You arrive no between five and 15 minutes early for an interview.
  • You know the interviewer’s name and title, and their background and some major achievements in their career.
  • You greet all people you meet in the business with a firm handshake and a smile. First impressions count and all businesses consider their entire workforce’s opinion.
  • You prepare a list of questions to ask. This is another opportunity to impress, as well as discovering a little more about the position and the company.

Remember that the Red Executive team is there to assist you in finding the right opportunity - not just a job. It is always wise to spend some time with your Red Executive contacts in preparation for the interview.

Some questions:

Why is the current position available?

  • Use this to understand the issues that could have arisen in the role previously. If it’s a new position, this can help you to establish what are the expectations for the role.

Company Growth Plans

  • Understand where the business is going and if you want to be part of that journey. If so, what will your responsibilities be in making these goals a reality? Do they match up with your career aspirations?

Is there a clear career path for the successful individual? If so, what do you have to achieve in order to take those steps?

  • Highlight your eagerness to take forward steps, but also appreciate an understanding that you must achieve in order to progress.

What sort of individual has been successful in this role previously? Why? How do I compare?

  • This is your opportunity to understand what sort of person works for this role, and for this company. Do you match that profile?

What is the biggest challenge to the company at present?

  • Understand what is challenging the business right now. Is this something that they have plans to alleviate? Can you impact positively on it?

Have I given you any reason to believe that I could not fulfill this role to your expectations?

  • The classic close. At the very least it will allow you to deal with any objections.

Further Points:

  • Dress appropriately for the interview. We would always suggest you go smart and conservative unless otherwise informed. First impressions count.
  • Avoid speaking badly of your current/ex-employers. Think positively, and focus on why a change is good for you and your career. Consider your achievements and how you can develop them into positives for the new role.
  • Consider your strengths and weaknesses. It is sensible to have three of each prepared before your interview. Ensure that they are all relevant to the role, and back them up with practical examples. Ensure the weaknesses are elements you are prepared to work on and outline how you endeavor to improve them daily.
  • Factors that can cost you the role:

    • Presenting yourself poorly.
    • Act in a conceited or overbearing manner. Try to ‘mirror’ your interviewer.
    • Mumbling, or a lack of confidence/conviction. Express yourself clearly.
    • Acting disinterested in what the interviewer has to say.
    • Over emphasising the money factor. Employers want people to work for their businesses for passion and ‘buy in’ to the project.
    • Poor career decision-making.
    • Speaking ill of your current or ex-employers.
    • Failing to prepare for the interview by researching the company.
    • Having no questions prepared (see above).