I have been in recruitment for 16 years and have interviewed a few people during that time. Most people have a good understanding of what is required in a interview but you can never be over prepared or know too much so I have prepared some information which covers everything you need to know to ace your interview.
Before the interview
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!
One of the most popular interview questions is “What do you know about this company?” and with so much information online there is no reason not to be able to answer this with confidence.
During the interview
There are no second chances at a first impression.
Some questions you may be asked
Some questions you may want to ask
After the interview
Send an email to thank the interviewer(s) for their time stating that you are very keen on the role and impressed with the company.
If you are offered the position, ensure you receive an offer letter before resigning from your current post.
Dos and Don’ts
Don’t be late.
Don’t swear or use slang words.
Don’t slouch in your seat or look uninterested.
Don’t smoke immediately before the interview, the smell sometimes lingers and can be off putting.
Don’t lie or give evasive answers.
Don’t let your nerves show too much; a few nerves are normal but extreme nerves will affect your performance.
Don’t be arrogant and assume you’ve got the job.
Don’t discuss controversial topics such as religion, politics and gender relations.
Don’t read from notes or your CV.
Don’t criticise former employers or colleagues.
Don’t argue with the interviewer, no matter what.
Don’t take a mobile phone into the interview
Don’t ask what the salary/benefits will be if this is the first interview.
If you stick the above guidelines and you have the required skills and experience for the position you are being interviewed for, you stand a very good chance of getting a job offer.
Member since: 22nd May 2013
I am currently director of Red Recruitment Solutions and owner of Red CV Writing, a professional CV writing service which also offers LinkedIn profile writing. For more information, please visit www.redcvwriting.co.uk