Interview Guide: Preparing for and attending interviews

This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here:


Interviews can be incredibly nerve-racking. Many people hate them with a passion. The aim of this section of the guide is to give you a supreme confidence in attending interviews by offering advice on preparation, building rapport with interviewers and how best to sell yourself in an interview.

The ethos behind interviews is very different to the ethos behind CV writing. CV writing and applying for jobs is about making sure that the employer will have no reason not to interview you. However if you get to interview stage then you will most likely be facing several other people who are similarly qualified for the position. At this point the principle changes to actively trying to get offered the position. The principle in the early stage interviews is to get through to the next stage. The principle in the final interview is to get the offer.

The first thing to remember is that you would not be asked in for an interview if the employer suspected that you weren’t potentially right for the position. The employer likes you already, it is your job to make sure that they do not change their mind.

There are five different parts to our interview guide:

Interview Types – This section will take you through the different types of interview, which some companies offer. It is good to be fully prepared on what to expect.

Tests – A few recommendations when taking technical tests.

Preparing for interviews – This will help you to feel totally prepared about the interview so that you can stride in to the interview room with confidence that you can handle any situation.

Attending interviews – This will give you ideas on how to present yourself. It will help you to sell yourself as effectively as possible.

The Top 2% – Here are some optional extra ideas that really will put you in the top 2% of interviewees.


This post is part of a complete guide on writing CVs, dealing with recruiters and attending interviews. The complete guide can be found here:

Originally titled ‘the top 2%’ the copy has been researched, compiled and edited continually over the last five years by the team at RecWorks Ltd. An IT recruitment consultancy aimed at spotting and developing technical talent with a focus in Java and Graduate developers.


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