How to effectively prepare for your interview

I have recruited a range of roles at all levels during my career, and know the importance of effectively preparing for an interview.

Here is my top advice to help you prepare ahead of an interview:

  • Know the role: Be sure to thoroughly read the job description and be prepared for questions on how your previous experience relates to the requirements.  This is particularly important if you are applying to a new industry having worked in a different type of role previously, so you will need to think of your transferable skills and how this relates to the position you are interviewing for.

  • Research: There is plenty of information available in the public domain beyond the company website, and it’s important to demonstrate your knowledge and enthusiasm for the role by showing you have researched widely.  For example, if you were to interview for a People Advisory Services position at EY, you may wish to research future growth plans or the interviewer’s current role and career history.

  • Network: Use your existing network to speak to anyone you may already know at the employer you are applying to.  This will help you gain an insight into their own individual experiences that online research cannot provide, and help demonstrate your commitment to the role.

  • Your questions: Think about what you want to gain from the interview.Remember an interview should be a two-way process so you should ask as many questions as you need to. it’s just as important for you to find out as much information on the role to determine if it’s the right position and employer for you. 

  • Your achievements: The interviewer will be looking for you to share your key achievements, so think about how you can evidence these, sharing feedback from others.  Be prepared to provide metrics and information to back up your points.

Career summary to date

After graduating from the University of East Anglia I moved to London to take up a Researcher role at an accountancy & finance recruitment agency.  Here, I went on to become a specialist Tax Recruitment Consultant, working in the professional services market in London and the regions.  After a few years I moved to Sydney working in various recruitment roles, returning to the UK in 2011 to take up a Recruiter role at EY.

Having spent nearly 10 years in recruitment and focusing the majority of my career in tax, I have a good insight into this niche field and the challenges candidates can face.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling and spent two years travelling Australia and New Zealand prior to joining EY. Nowadays, I live in Kent but try to get away on shorter breaks as much as I can!


About the author

Jenny is a Senior Recruitment Adviser for People Advisory Services at EY, focusing specifically on Mobility and Reward.