Interviewing at Oyster? Check out our Talent Manager’s top 6 tips for success

By: Hannah Clarke

I’ve been in recruitment for 10 years. That’s right, 10 years. Throughout this time I’ve managed busy temp desks and placed a number of people into permanent positions and although managers used to express their dismay when candidates were not prepared for an interview, I’m not sure I fully appreciated the extent of how frustrating this was, until now.

Earlier this year I made the move to head up Oyster’s internal recruitment function. I needed a new challenge and our MD wanted someone who is as passionate and as excited about Oyster as he is.

Oyster has ambitious plans to expand and we always want to hear from talented and dedicated individuals who want to join the family. We want people who will stand out from the crowd but how are you going to do this? Have a read of my 6 trusted tips to get the ball rolling…

Call me.

You’ve read the advert but you’re not sure if you’re quite right for Oyster? Why not pick up the phone and have a chat. If the thought of this fills you with utter dread, and you’d rather not pick up the phone and talk to someone, recruitment *might* not be right for you!

Prepare your journey.

You’re late. And rather than just being honest, you place the blame on something/someone else. Avoid the awkwardness altogether and plan your journey to arrive 15 minutes early and not only will you arrive at the right place stress free – you’ll be able to gauge the vibe at Oyster, catch your breath, grab a drink, and be ready to dazzle us.

Use your own words.

You’ve memorised the website. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that you’ve taken the time to do this but don’t regurgitate it to me, put it in your own words! What does it mean to you and how do we compare to our competitors? (Also, whilst we are on this, telling me that we are a recruitment agency probably isn’t the best thing to start with.)

REALLY research us.

So you’ve seen the website, wonderful, but to be honest, you haven’t REALLY researched us. The website doesn’t really tell you about US, about what we’ve been up to, about how business has been and about the culture behind closed doors. Have a look at Glassdoor and Instagram… Google us to find any news pick-ups and stalk the company and staff on LinkedIn. If you’re feeling really bold, call up and speak to a recruiter and find out why they love what they do.

Dress to impress.

Dress appropriately. Different agencies will have very different dress codes but make sure you look your best by paying attention to small detail like shoe cleanliness and neat hair. If you’re not sure what the dress code is, just ask and I’ll happily tell you. Remember, you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Question time.

Ask insightful questions that you genuinely want to know about. Don’t ask us a question because you think you should. Anyone that you meet throughout the process will be honest with his or her answers, and it’ll give you a better insight to us. Remember, interviews are a two way street, you should want to work here as much as we want you to work here, so now is the time to put the spotlight on us!


If you think you’d stand out from the crowd, why not pick up the phone and dial 0207 766 9005 and start your Oyster Partnership career today!