Top interview tips from our global team at Elliott Scott HR


“Come up with solid examples before an interview on a few notable achievements, some obstacles you have faced and how you overcame them, and examples on how you have worked closely with the business and your team from at least two jobs you've had. Being prepared for these points will make the interview a lot smoother as they are bound to come up at some point.” Dena Haron, Senior Consultant, Hong Kong

“First impression first – dress appropriately. Have a firm handshake with a smile.” Doris Lam, Senior Consultant, Hong Kong

“Don't turn up early. A lot of candidates feel that this shows they are eager or well-organised, but the message it actually sends is that you think your interviewer's schedule is empty. Get to reception at most five minutes before your scheduled interview time - if you have time to spare, stand outside the lobby and tie and re-tie your shoelaces!” Mitchell Abernethy, Consultant, Hong Kong

“Take the time to prepare. Dress appropriately, prepare questions, research the company, review the job description and prepare examples where you have done the tasks/have the requirements needed, research the interviewer, prepare your answer for "tell me about yourself" so that it is tailored to the job not your life history.” Jennifer Berger, Managing Director, North America

“Understand yourself – your skills, experience and what really drives you at work. Know the business you are interviewing with and do your research.” Tony Ho, Consultant, Hong Kong

“Google the interviewer. You’ll be surprised by how often the person you’re meeting with has been interviewed in the press. And if you can, quote or refer to something they talked about.” Vincent Romano, Managing Director, South-East Asia

“Prepare and practice! Research the organization and make sure to go through your resume and think of how your experience and examples relates back to the role. Another one, although very straightforward, is to understand the position really well. A lot of candidates don't take enough time to go through the job description.” Hanna Son, Consultant, Hong Kong

“When you are answering questions, make sure you are using relevant examples of previous experiences.” Phillip Welburn, Managing Director, Hong Kong

“Read up on a few recent news articles/thought leadership articles/industry reports that demonstrate your knowledge of what's new and current in the industry/profession.” Emily Smith, Asia-Pacific COO

“Answer the question - and use the STAR technique to structure your answer. Explain the Situation; Outline the Tasks involved; What were the Actions taken, What was the Result.” Rosh Jayawardena, Senior Consultant, New York

“Give specific examples when you are sharing your background story” Windsor Low, Consultant, Singapore

“Be very familiar with your own CV. I have come across candidates who don’t seem to know what I was asking and had to borrow the CV I have on hand to recap. This will make the interviewer doubt if the content is real. Ask questions at the end of the session. This shows how serious you are in securing a role, wanting to understand the current hiring market. If you take out a note pad and start taking notes, I will be impressed!” Wan Xin Phang, Consultant, Singapore

"Sometimes what you say at an interview is less important than how well you listen" Daniel Herskowitz, Consultant, New York

“As your interview draws to a close, it's never a bad idea to ask your interviewer if there are any points he or she has not been able to cover or makes them unsure as to whether you are the right fit for the role. This allows you to address any concerns right then and there. Do share the response to this question with your recruiter following the interview. This will also allow him or her to help you address these points which could make all the difference in progressing your application further.” Tamara Sigerhall, Senior Consultant, Singapore

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