Interview Advice

Unfortunately most of us fear the very thought of attending an interview and although some may have the qualifications and employment history required you may lose out to another candidate who "interviews better". 

We have put together some basic do's and don'ts which we hope will help you along the way. 

Preparation & Confidence

These two essential ingredients are entwined. Good preparation creates confidence, so the basic approach to an interview is to be well prepared. This means two things - preparing yourself practically for the interview, and gathering knowledge and information you can draw on during the interview.

Don't forget TO . . .

Remember the employer is interested in you as a person, your experiences and your opinions. Do take the time to sit down and think about who you are and what you have achieved. It can be highly embarrassing to know more about the employer than yourself. 

Sit down with your CV and make notes about your work record and what you've achieved. Look at yourself as a person in employment - how do you see yourself, what have you done, what ambitions do you have. Make notes and prepare. Remember that one of the most common interview questions is: "Tell me about yourself". Prepare yourself for this in particular; give a detailed answer but not a life history. Usually interviewers want to know about personal qualities and achievements and examples can be included to support your statement.

Before the Interview:

  • Arrive early. If you arrive late, you'll be rushed and the interviewer may consider you unreliable.

  • Walk briskly, with purpose, and stand up straight.

  • Don't smoke, chew gum, slouch, or other similar activities while you are waiting in the lobby. If some of the company's literature is available, read that instead.

  • Give the interviewer a firm handshake, and don't be afraid to look him or her in the eye.

  • Be prepared. Carry an extra copy of your resume and academic record.

  • Don't talk too much ... or too little.

  • Be natural and relaxed. Be yourself.

During the interview:

  • Be positive and enthusiastic.

  • Try to focus upon your accomplishments and achievements in past jobs.

  • Find out as much as possible about the job duties and requirements of the position you are applying for. This will help you to be able to ask sensible questions.

  • Find out as much as possible about the company.

  • If you are really interested in the job, let the interviewer know about it.

  • Don't be too concerned about salary and benefits at your first interview. Your recruitment consultant will be able to provide you with all of the salary and benefit details.