An interview is the most important part of your job search, as the impression you make will determine whether or not you get the job.
- DO make sure you are well prepared – be ready to explain how your experience fits with the job description and have a good look at the company’s website. It is also a good idea to check out the profile of the person(s) you will be meeting on LinkedIn if they have one.
- DO create a positive first impression by smiling and shaking your interviewer’s hand firmly when you are introduced.
- DO look your interviewer in the eye while you talk to them, smile and show that you are a good listener as well as a good talker.
- DO make sure that you explain your experience in a factual, logical and sincere manner and be sure to stress your achievements.
- DO always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job.
- DO show your enthusiasm for the job and don’t close the door on an opportunity. It’s better to have several offers to choose from rather than just one.
- DON’T be late. Ideally try to arrive a few minutes early so that you can compose your thoughts and refresh your memory on any notes you have made etc.
- DON’T answer questions with a simple “yes” or “no”. Explain wherever possible and give examples, but don’t go off on a tangent.
- DON’T waffle or speak without thinking. If you would like a few seconds to think through your answer, say so.
- DON’T lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and as succinctly as possible. Give examples wherever you can and stress your relevant achievements.
- DON’T ever make negative or derogatory comments about your present or former employers or companies.
- DON’T forget to thank the employer for their time and finish with eye contact and a firm handshake.
If you are keen on the job and want a second interview, try to secure one at the time as this will show your interest and demonstrate your confidence and commercial awareness. It is especially important when interviewing for sales roles, as it demonstrates your closing skills.
The interviewer may give you feedback there and then, but will more likely call your Consultant first to discuss the interview, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t offered a second interview on the spot.
And most importantly, call your Consultant after each interview. It is important that we hear your feedback before speaking to the client, then if you are keen on the role we will stress this to the interviewer and do all we can to secure you that second interview.