Before the Interview
- Get as much information as possible on the company - read all the latest news about the company, check out the web site and try to speak with someone who has worked there.
- Prepare answers to a range of job and skill-based questions that you can use.
- Put yourself in the interviewers seat! Try to think of questions that you might pose relating to your particular job.
- Arm yourself with a few questions for the interviewer showing that you have done your homework about the organisation and its business.
- Check the format of the interview - it could throw you off if you're presented with a test of some sort that you were not expecting.
- Dress-wise - Keep it simple and respectable.
Leave yourself short for time.
At the Interview
- Be punctual, there's nothing worse then arriving late and in a fluster.
- A good firm handshake and good eye contact are very important.
- Let the interviewer lead the interview.
- Be positive - Try not to sound like you're bragging but describe your skills in a factual way.
- Look as though you are interested in what the interviewer is saying to you, answer questions as fully as you can.
- If there is a situation where a panel are interviewing you, direct your answers to all members. It is important not to ignore anyone.
- Your attitude strongly contributes to the interviewers opinion of you, so have the right one!!
- Be flexible - consider reasonable offers and give it your best shot.
- Criticise yourself or past employers.
- Interrupt the interviewer.
- Answer a question with another question.
- Appear giddy or nervous by fidgeting.
- Ask lots of questions about salary and benefits.