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Interviews: The all-time classic Do’s and Don’ts!

Amanjit Dhillion - Thursday, June 04, 2015

The interview season is upon us and since many of you are getting ready for interviews now, we thought we would provide some of our thoughts on how to prepare.




Now for a lot of us, interviews seem like the worst thing ever to happen in our lives, but with a little preparation and motivation, you can ace your interview and have the job you always wanted. So here’s a few tips on how to achieve this and what not to do in your interview.

What to do:

  • 1.Appearance; as bad as this sounds but employers really judge a book by its cover and it’s important to impress them from the start. This means dressing appropriately, look bright and attentive and speak clearly and confidently.
  • 2.Arrive early; you need to set an example from the word go, turning up 10 minutes early gives you more time to prepare yourself but also reflects well on the employer.
  • 3.Handshake; offer a firm handshake, make eye contact and have a friendly expression when you are greeted.
  • 4.Do your research; find out what kind of interview it will be and prepare. Examine the person specification and think about what type of questions they will ask you.
  • 5.Prepare your answer; for example, why do you want the job, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses.
  • 6.Turn off your phone; there is nothing worse than your phone blasting your Beyoncé ringtone during an interview, count that as your burial so turn it off!
  • 7.Take your time; this is your one chance to impress them so it is vital to understand the questions and think about your answers. You can try relaxing techniques before the interview so that you feel comfortable and assertive.
  • 8.Sell yourself; no one else is going to, and always remember the employer NEEDS YOU! Although you are trying to prove to them your strengths, they need to find out how you will become an asset to the company.
  • 9.Ask questions; prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview – use it as an opportunity to discuss salary and the role.
  • 10.Say thank you; Write a thank-you letter to your interviewer promptly after the meeting so that they see your eagerness to join the firm.

What NOT to do:

  • 1.Don’t be late; the employer will think that this is how you treat work, and for that reason will not be encouraged by your efforts.
  • 2.Don’t lie; the interviewer may see through you and even if you get the job, your employer can dismiss you if they find out that you have not been honest.
  • 3.Don’t let your nerves show too much; of course never are normal and everybody panics before an interview but it is important to control them and remember that it’s not a life and death situation – there are plenty of jobs out there!
  • 4.Don’t slouch; be sat upright and attentive.
  • 5.Don’t answer questions “yes” or “no”; go into detail, describe your talents and skills! Give examples.

If you follow these simple rules you should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting.

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