Interview tips

Interviews can be stressful, and we wanted to share a few useful hints and tips with you.

Interview tips & hints

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 

  • Smile!
  • 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.

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