Hints and Tips

  1. Virtually all jobs involve a face-to-face interview, so do your homework about your potential new employer beforehand!  Try to anticipate likely questions – and look at the company’s website to find out all you can about them.  Prepare to ask your interviewers questions too.
  2. First impressions are vitally important, especially your appearance – even if the employer has a relaxed dress code.  So make sure you’re smartly dressed – it’ll show how much importance you place on the company and the position on offer.
  3. Arrive 15 minutes early so you can relax, check your appearance and read any notes you may have.  Check through corporate literature on display and even chat to the receptionist – both can be vital sources of company information.
  4. Make sure you know the interviewer’s name and position in the company.  On meeting your interviewer, greet them by name, make good eye contact and deliver a firm handshake – it all helps to make you feel confident and will give the impression that you’re a strong, resourceful character.
  5. Be prepared to give a verbal account of your background (they’ll be testing your communication skills).  Don’t hurry, think clearly – and take all the time you need to deliver you information concisely, smoothly and logically.  Place particular emphasis on your recent experience and skills relevant to the job on offer.
  6. Listen carefully – and if you don’t understand a question, ask the interviewer to repeat or clarify it.  If you don’t know an answer, say so – and don’t be afraid to make it a point of discussion, giving you the chance to turn matters to your advantage.
  7. Always be positive and wherever possible, give positive responses to questions asked, beyond a simple “yes” or “no”.
  8. Before the interview ends, make sure that you have mentioned all of your relevant experience – your interviewer may not have covered everything in their questioning.  If appropriate, summarise your understanding of what’s needed – and get their agreement or clarification where necessary.
  9. If you are still keen on the position at the end of the interview, reinforce this before you leave.  Ask the interviewer about what happens next, when a decision will be made – and ALWAYS  thank them for seeing you.