Interview preparation

Interview preparation

Successful interview technique is dependent upon thorough preparation. Scottish Property take pride in looking after our candidates.

We will:

  • offer career planning and market advice
  • update and reformulate your cv to enable you to stand out in the market place
  • update you on the progress of the job search
  • brief you before interviews with regards to the role, the company and interview techniques
  • provide you with published material on the company you are being interviewed by

However, there are a number of steps you can take to give yourself as good a chance as possible.



  • Ensure that you know the exact location and time of the interview, the interviewer’s full name, the correct pronunciation and title held. If you’re not sure, don‟t hesitate to contact your Scottish Property consultant
  • As well as published documentation we’ll provide you, other information on the company can be obtained from the library or the internet
  • Ensure that you know everything regarding your current work and previous experience including:
    • Size and type of clients worked on
    • Special experience within a role including key achievements
    • Size and structure of present employer
  • Examine your cv and identify potential areas of weaknesses that are likely to be raised during the interview. Develop suitable answers for any awkward questions.


Once you arrive at the interview, the following suggestions are:

  • Arrive a few minutes early
  • Greet the interviewer by their surname
  • Strong handshake, good eye contact
  • Do follow the interviewer’s leads but try to obtain a full description of the position and duties expected early so that you can relay your appropriate background and skills
  • Always think “what can I bring to a company?” when answering the questions
  • Be prepared to answer a number of tough questions, especially from Personnel, who will look for underlying motives behind each of your career moves on your cv. They will like to see evidence of a well chosen career path
  • Don’t criticise your previous employer or the work you’ve done. You have got the interview as a result of your experience to date, so be able to sell it.

When taking leave of the interviewer, if you are interested in accepting the job, please tell them. Very few people remember to say words to the effect of: “Thank you for your time, I would like you to know that I would be very keen to take on the challenge of this role”.

This could make all the difference.
Finally, upon completion of the interview please call your consultant at Scottish Property to give your feedback. We will want to speak with you before the interviewer calls us.

Good luck!