Preparing for interview – your first step on the Aldermore journey

Our aim in this section is to give you some useful information on how to prepare for interview.

1. Plan

Preparation is key and it will greatly boost your confidence so do try to take time to do this.

As a guide it will be helpful for you to consider the following:-

Use our company website to find out background information about Aldermore. You'll find out information about our products, services, markets, competitors, trends, current activities and priorities. You might also want to read a trade magazine which covers the business lines market sector and/or the field in which you work.

You might not find all the answers you are looking for so please feel free to ask us at your interview. We will be happy to answer any questions resulting from your research as well.

About you
It's a good idea to plan what you want to tell us about yourself at the interview.

Other candidates may have similar abilities, employment and academic experience to you, so think about how you might distinguish yourself and make yourself stand out from the rest.

If you are asked to provide a presentation make sure it follows the brief and links to the role you are interviewing for - and ensure you practice it before the interview!

A useful technique is to assemble evidence and make notes of what you've achieved in the past. A useful strategy for answering questions based on your strengths and achievements is to use the STAR technique:

Situation Briefly describe the where, when and who.
Task Outline the task or objective and what you hoped to achieve.
Action Describe what you did - focus on your role and your input.
Result What the outcome was and the skills you developed.

You might also want to rehearse your answers to typical interview questions with a friend - they will be able to give you honest feedback about the content of your answers and body language.

Make a note of any key points and questions you want to ask and ensure you take them with you to the interview.

Interview location
We will send you details of where your interview will be held and who it will be with. We suggest you investigate how to get there and plan your journey accordingly, especially if you are using public transport.

2. Just before the Interview

So you've done your preparation and the interview day is fast approaching. What else do you need to consider?

  • What to wear? Decide on your outfit well in advance; ideally it should be a suit or equivalent business attire.
  • On the day, make sure you have the interview invitation letter, a copy of your CV, and the cover letter and application form - if you used one.
  • Arrive in plenty of time for the interview. Check for any planned disruptions to road or public transport services and aim to arrive early.

3. The interview itself

Remember, interviews are not about trying to catch you out; we want to use the time to find out about you, your skills and achievements and suitability for the role.

  • First impressions really do count. It's not just what you say but how you say it that supports the impression you want to give. A friendly expression will indicate a positive approach on your part.
  • Make sure you're comfortable. If you're warm take off your suit jacket. If you need a drink don't be afraid to ask.
  • Listen carefully to each question. Focus on the question without getting your answer ready at the same time.
  • If you don't understand a question, it's fine to say so. It is important you know what has been asked.
  • If there's something that you can't answer, try not to get flustered. Ask your interviewer "Can we come back to that later?" This will give you some time to stop panicking and revisit the question later. 
  • Answer every question honestly and openly. Be confident and positive about your strengths and give clear concise answers. These should be supported by relevant examples of what you have done in previous roles.
  • Emphasise how you can help us achieve our goals and the skills you can bring. Make sure you have no fewer than three questions of your own - think about what you want to ask and what you need to know. This will help demonstrate the level of preparation and your commitment to your application.
  • Remember the STAR approach as per the above that you may have used to plan for your interview and describe your past responsibilities and accomplishments, explaining clearly why you approached projects in a certain way. This will help you stand out in the interviewer's mind.

Ending positively

At the end of the interview, if the interviewer does not tell you, ask when you should expect to hear news of their selection decision and, if you are successful, what the next stage of the process will be. End the interview on a positive note. Thank the interviewer and reiterate your enthusiasm for the job for which you have applied.

Good Luck!

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