Interview support

At rthirteen recruitment, we aim to help you be as interview ready as possible. Interviews can take on many forms, dependent on the industry and level of role. That said, the message remains the same - to give you the highest chance of being successful, the key to success is preparation. Take a look at some of our top tips to help you before, during and after your job interview:

do your research

By researching a company it will allow you to talk about their business in the interview. This shows that you have a taken a vested interest in the company, and genuinely considered how you are going to make an impact. Good sources of research are:

  • Company and competitor websites

  • Social networking sites

  • Online forums

  • Google search

  • Corporate literature

  • Professional bodies associated with the job

From your research you should confidently be able to talk about the company culture, competitors, key products and services, differentiators and demographic.

It is absolutely appropriate to make notes / print outs, and take those into the interview with you to be able to use as a prompt. It showcases to the company that you have taken the time and the care to carry out research prior to the interview.


prepare questions

It’s a guarantee that you will be afforded time within the interview to ask some questions at some point. It is therefore essential to be able to prepare these in advance of your interview. Make sure these are relevant to the role you are applying for, and to the company you are applying to work at.

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telephone interviews –

Telephone interviews are usually used by employers as a pre-emptive to meeting interviewees face to face to ascertain initial suitability and fit for a role. Here are five guaranteed tips for success

  • Ensure you use a landline, or that you are somewhere with strong mobile signal

  • Make sure you are somewhere without background noise and where you will not be disturbed.

  • Be prepared – have the job description, person specification, your notes and questions close by to be able to refer to

  • Smile and be enthusiastic – whilst the interviewer won’t be able to see you, they can hear if you are engaged and interested. Speak clearly and don’t waffle.

  • Close the interview. Remember to thank the interviewer. If you’re keen, clarify that you are very interested and find out when you can expect to know about whether you have made it to the next stage, and what the next stage will be.

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