Research on your client is essential and is often overlooked. Potential employer websites are the easiest route to information and will prepare you for your interview.
It is well known that the first ten minutes are crucial and when the majority of people make up their minds regarding a prospective candidate. It is important to make a good first impression.
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early to prepare yourself and try to relax (never arrive late)
- Always dress in smart business attire
- Make sure your mobile devices are switched off
- Be courteous and polite
- Make sure you have read all the information provided including job description, interviewers names and any requests for you to provide information
- Remain calm, listen to your interviewers and be honest
- Try to put yourself in the interviewer’s position and think of questions they may want to ask you, refer back to your research, and make sure you have read your CV
- Be honest with your responses and always try to remain positive, never be negative about a past employer. Try not to answer just “yes” or “no” answers
- Place particular emphasis on your most recent skills and experiences that are relevant to the position you are being interviewed for
- Listen carefully and always ask for clarification if you do not understand what has been asked. If you don’t know the answer say so.
- Don’t rush your answers, think clearly and deliver your response smoothly, concisely and logically
- Remain enthusiastic and keen on the position you are being interviewed for
- Try and summarise towards the end of the interview and clarify any agreements or further requirements
- At the end of the interview thank the people present and ask what happens next and when a decision will be made
- Finally Good Luck