Interview Tips: The do’s and don’ts!

So, you’ve landed yourself an interview – nice work, you’re half way there!
You may be familiar with the saying “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
Preparation is key to nailing that interview, winging it will just result in awkward silences and nobody wants that.

We’ve prepared a lot of candidates and customers in our time for interviews, here’s a few interview tips we picked up along the way:

Don’t…
Arrive late – it will reflect badly, despite how good your excuse is. First impressions count! Map out your route to the company the day before and give yourself enough time to get there. We’ve heard all kinds of ‘late excuses’ as recruiters!

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Have your phone on loud – put that device on silent or flight mode before you enter the building! Even a vibrating noise can be off-putting in an interview.

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Dress inappropriately – turning up in jeans and trainers isn’t considered as typical interview wear. Even if you know that the company have a relaxed dress code, ensure you wear a business suit unless told otherwise.

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Be negative – even if your previous employer was the devil himself, do not be negative. Do not discuss office politics or ‘he said, she said’ stories to explain why you’re leaving your current job. And don’t be caught out by the ‘What are your weaknesses’ questions!

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Lie – You may be able to get away with a little white lie in an interview or over-exaggerating the truth about how you went above and beyond, but don’t tell lies that you will get caught out on. Some of the biggest we have seen in the recruitment industry are where people get caught out about criminal convictions, being released from a job or particular skill sets that they don’t actually possess.

B1BCC07E-203E-49C9-ABE9-553CBD7914E1 Be cocky – there can sometimes be a fine line for some people between being confident and being arrogant. If you’re feeling confident during interview, that’s fantastic, but it’s normal to get nervous, especially if you really want that job! So let that come across gently!

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Do…
✓ Your Research – you don’t have to remember every detail on the companies ‘About Us’ page but just revising a few simple facts such as when they were first established, company size, and what they are actually about will win you a few points.

✓ Shake their hand – this is normal procedure and polite, a firm handshake will start the interview off well with a simple ‘nice to meet you!’.

✓ Keep eye contact – it’s a great way to show the interviewer that you’re listening to them. But it’s not a staring competition so keep it more normal and less serial killer.

✓ Listen – if you’re listening then you won’t miss any questions meaning less awkwardness for everyone. However if you do suffer with hearing difficulties then ensure to notify your interview beforehand.

✓ Sit up straight – slouching in your chair is not cool, and nor is sitting with your legs spread. Maintaining a good posture and using your hands every now and then when you speak equals perfect interview body language.

✓ Ask questions – this will express your interest in the job and the company. But keep them relevant and refrain from asking your interviewer what football team they support. – unless they ask you of course!

Aside from the above interview tips, there is also a lot more to consider prior to your interview, such as the format. Will it be competency-based interview questions? Will there be a role play or group interview? Is there more than one person or a board of interviewers? Do you need to prepare for a psychometric test or computer exam?

We know it can be daunting, however with our Interview Coaching Service we provide enough preparation to ensure you walk into that interview well-researched, full of answers and feeling confident.

Here’s what’s included:

  • 60 minute Telephone Consultation & Interview Pack
  • Establish your interview strengths and weaknesses
  • Discuss competency-based interview questions relevant to your skillset and how to answer them
  • A pack emailed to you with research of the Company and Job Role you will be interviewing for, interview tips and practice interview questions that we have discussed on the phone
  • Battle any major concerns you have before interview – nerves, what to wear etc.

If this is something you would be interested in, please complete the below form and we’ll get in touch with you.

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Thank you for reading, if you have any questions feel free to email us at thecvgeeks@hotmail.com or we’d love to hear from you on Facebook or Instagram.

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