Interview Top Tips and Best Practices

28th June 2024

Our Senior Talent Acquisition Executive, Jess Phypers, shares her best advice for interview research and preparation. Well versed in hiring top talent, Jess know exactly what it takes to make a lasting impression. She’s shared her top tips on how to effectively prepare for an interview. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, these tips will help you stand out from the competition.

Check out her top tips below!

Be Prepared

Not only on the industry you’re hoping to join but also on the company you’re interviewing for. Before any interview, it’s best to through the company website and socials to gain a better understanding of their history, values and culture. Also, having an awareness of the industry you’re joining shows you’re genuine interest in the role.

“It’s also important to be prepared for questions about yourself – we want to know about you!” – Jess Phypers

Being prepared to answer questions about yourself, your experience and education on your CV can be especially valuable to employers when debating how your skillset fits within their company.


Understand the Role

Make sure you have a clear grasp of the job description and how your skills align with the requirements. Reflect on how your past experiences, education, and skills make you a good fit for this position. Be ready to discuss specific examples that demonstrate your qualifications and how you can contribute to the company.


Prepare a few Questions to Ask

An interview is a two-way street. Having a few questions ready to ask is a great way to show your interest in the position and the company. Prepare some thoughtful questions about the role, team and company culture. This is not only important to show your enthusiasm but also determines if the company is the right fit for you.


Be Yourself

Employers are keen to see your personality so that they can accurately place you into the right team.

“It’s important to be yourself throughout an interview process. I love seeing confident people who believe in themselves – it’s such a breath of fresh air!” – Jess Phypers


Follow Up After the Interview

Send a thank-you email within 24 hours of your interview. Express your appreciation for the opportunity, reiterate your enthusiasm for the role, and briefly mention something specific you discussed during the interview. This keeps you top of mind and demonstrates your professionalism.



For more information on our graduate and senior opportunities at H&P please don’t hesitate to reach out to Jess!