Interviews can be stressful, and we wanted to share a few useful hints and tips with you.
Before the interview
- It is vital to prepare and have knowledge of the role you are trying to secure. So, make sure you research the company and read the job specification.
- Make sure you are dressed appropriately; business attire is always a best and safe option.
- Make sure you turn your phone off.
- Know and plan your route to the interview beforehand.
- Prepare your answers for competency style questions and think of questions to ask your interviewer.
- Avoid talking questions about pay at the first interview.
During the interview
- Speak clearly and confidently, maintain eye contact and be attentive.
- Think and take your time when answering questions.
- Make sure your answers are concise and to the point.
- Give tangible examples of key skills you’ve used in real life/work situations.
- Be positive, don’t complain about previous employers.
- Don’t hesitate to ask for feedback on your performance from your interviewer.
- Relax & be yourself!
What not to do
- Don’t be late (if you are, call in advance and apologise at arrival)
- Avoid all slang and profanity
- Don’t slouch
- Don’t smoke, or attend intoxicated
- Be truthful about your achievements and any important information including criminal convictions, as this can be checked and you could be instantly dismissed
- Don’t let your nerves get the best of you, try to come across compose
- Avoid discussing controversial topics
- Don’t be negative about previous employers or roles
- Don’t argue with the interviewer; try to get your point across in a professional and respectable way.