Interview Guidelines


Interview preparation is significant step in securing employment and includes comprehensive research of a company and reassessment of your skills and abilities. Develop answers to potential questions, practise those answers and prepare questions to ask the interviewer.


Reassess your knowledge, skills, experience and achievements relative to the position outlined in the job description. Develop a list of your strongest skills and experiences as these will relate to the position and be prepared to talk about them. Preparation speaks volumes to the employer as it shows that you are keen, interested and conscientious.


Before the interview takes place research the company or organisation. You should read:

  1. Company websites
  2. Annual Reports
  3. Newsletters
  4. Brochures or other promotional materials
  5. A detailed job description

The First Impression

First impressions are made in the initial five minutes of an interview. Arrive 10-15 minutes before, a firm handshake, eye contact, a warm smile and good posture are all essential. Expect some small talk after introductions keep you answers short and concise.

Previous Experiences

The interviewer will focus on your background,skills and qualifications and their relevance to the position. They will be noting such things as enthusiasm, motivation, initiative, ability to follow direction and your ability to be a team player. Take this opportunity to demonstrate your wide interests, commercial awareness and leadership qualities/abilities. If the subject of past employers is brought up remember not to be negative about them as they are likely to be used as references.


The interviewer will ask if you have any questions before the end of the interview. This is a key opportunity to ask intelligent questions about the organisation and the position you have been interviewed for. At the conclusion of the interview it is customary to ask when a decision will be made. Thank the interviewer for his or her time and ask for a business card if you have not already exchanged them.

Follow Up

It is important to give feedback ASAP. Call or email NW Recruitment and we can progress your application or ensure you get constructive information to help you in your job search.

Counter Offers

There are at least 10 reasons not to accept a Counter Offer:

  1. You have made your employer aware of your dissatisfaction. From this day on, your loyalty will be in question.
  2. When promotions are considered, your employer will take your lack of loyalty into account.
  3. Once the word gets out, your relationship with your co-workers and bosses will never be the same.
  4. There could be a strong impact later on your sense of pride e.g feeling like you have been bought.
  5. When times get tough, your employer will begin the cutbacks and your name maybe top of the list.
  6. Your company is likely to begin looking — immediately — for your replacement.
  7. Statistics show that 85% of those who accept a counter offer end up leaving — voluntarily or involuntarily — within one year.
  8. You will probably wonder where the extra money is suddenly coming from. Is it just an advance on a raise you would have got anyway?
  9. A counter offer raises doubts about the type of company you work for. Why should you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you're worth or entitled?
  10. The company and the circumstances haven't changed so the reason why you were leaving will recur.