Congratulations… have secured an interview. 

From deciding what to wear & what questions to ask, spending time on interview preparation is essential if you are going to impress the interviewer & secure your dream job.  Please allow us to calm your nerves with this advice & provide you with some helpful hints & tips

  • Research the company – understand the nature of the business as the interviewer may ask what you know about them. Let them know that you have been on their website & conducted your research.
  • Job description – familiarise yourself with the job specification – this is your chance to sell yourself on your skills & experience relevant to what the interviewer is looking for.
  • Prepare questions – take more than you think as many may be covered during the interview. Do not talk about salary or benefits unless the interviewer asks.
  • CV – take 2-3 copies to the interview as the client may have forgotten to bring them & it will look impressive if you can hand them a copy. Take the interview confirmation, job details & your questions. Keep your documents in a folder & not crumpled up in a bag or pocket. Take a pad & pen to take notes during the interview.
  • Smart business attire – this is a must as 1st impressions count. Do not smoke before the interview & ensure that you are very well presented.
  • Eat – ensure you have eaten prior to the interview as you will perform & concentrate better. It might seem like a strange thing to mention but it would be embarrassing to have a rumbling tummy in the interview!
  • Plan ahead – allow plenty of time & plan your journey. Arrive 5-10 minutes early & if you are driving then ask your Consultant about parking facilities. If you are travelling by train, then ensure you catch one that will get you there in time without rushing – trains may be delayed so catch the one before that.
  • Body language – exhibit positive posture & body language throughout the interview… is important to not slouch or fidget.  Maintain eye contact, shake hands firmly, don’t fold your arms &……SMILE!
  • Positivity – do not provide negative information or criticise previous employers.
  • Expand on your answers – never respond with a “Yes” or “No” answer. Interviewers will ask scenario questions as they want to know how you handle situations, therefore be prepared to provide examples. However, keep your answers relevant & concise – don’t waffle!
  • End of interview – if there is anything that you would like to say that hasn’t been covered then please do not feel afraid to mention it. Ensure you leave the interview with the knowledge that the interviewer understands the benefits of employing you.