Last Minute Interview Advice To Help You Succeed

Last Minute Interview? Follow Our Checklist For Success!

13 January 2017


Sometimes HR Consultancy work with employers who have slow recruitment processes. Sometimes we work with employers who have fast recruitment processes! This, however, does mean that interviews – particularly first interviews – are arranged at very short notice.

When this happens, how can you make sure that you are 100% prepared? Follow our checklist and it will improve the chances of success!

  • Do You Know Who Are You Meeting?

Your recruiter should tell you exactly who you are meeting – it could be more than one person, remember - and what their role is within the company. Use LinkedIn, Google, Twitter and even Facebook to research them in a bit more detail. Find out about their experience, skills and specialisms. And any information about likes and dislikes can be useful too – if you share a personal interest, then dropping that into your interview – if relevant – can help build rapport between you and those you are meeting.

Bonus points – if you are active on Twitter, then follow and retweet the content of those who you are meeting. Before you do it, make sure your social media profiles are professional!

  • Do You Know What The Business Actually Do?

Too often, those being interview have very little awareness of what the organisation does. Make sure that you do know. Check out every page on the website. Find out:

  • What they do
  • Who is their customer base
  • Where they operate geographically
  • When they started
  • Why they started

Try and gain an understanding of what the challenges and opportunities are within their market. If you have time, create a brief SWOT analysis based on what you find.

For bonus points - run a search on Google to find out any news about the business. Use the advanced filters on the search to find news that has been published recently.

  • Do You Know What The Culture Is?

This can be a difficult one to find out but it is important. It will determine things like the dress code (and hence what you should wear when you attend an interview), expected working hours, flexible working policies, social life, and much more! Culture should also drive expectations, behaviours and show how a business treats their team.

If you are working with a recruiter, ask them what the culture is like in the business - they should – in theory at least! - know this. Make sure you know what expectations are around interview dress (this can actually be very different from the company dress code). Try and appreciate what their working environment is like. Ensure it actually matches what you are seeking in your career.

Bonus Point - Look at the company Facebook and Twitter pages – you might find out a bit more information about their team and social events.

  • Are You Clear On What Can You Bring To The Business?

The first three tips are research focused – and so is this. Make sure that you research you! Align your skills and experience with the business and the role that you are applying for. Be prepared with specific examples of what you achieved and how this translated into value and contribution towards business objectives. Consider the challenges that you have encountered in your career and how you overcame them. What mistakes have you made and how did you learn from them?

Bonus Point – Nail your elevator pitch and use this as your introduction. A clear and concise kick-off to the interview will tilt the odds in your favour.  

Written By Billy McDiarmid


Great advice. Good tips especially for me as I've been out of interviewing for 26 years and I am now going back out into the market.
Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 22:16 by Gail McPhail
Good advice
Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2017 13:38 by Linda Muldoon
Great advice! Very useful as a last-minute checklist in order to feel prepared.
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 21:16 by Donna
HI @Himmat, thanks for the feedback and glad it was useful! Hi @Thomas, thanks for your feedback also. Sorry that this post didn't hit the mark for you. We do find it is useful to cover off some key points like this particularly when people have not interviewed in some time. Have a great week!
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 09:14 by Billy McDiarmid
Great post. Very important basics succinctly stated, and vital to success at interviews.
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 00:03 by Himmat
Hi Billy, Pretty basic stuff, i have to admit to being a little disappointed my friend. Thomas
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2017 22:13 by Thomas Mills

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