On the day of the interview
- Ensure you arrive promptly for the interview, have dressed smartly, are well groomed and have taken along your CV and any references/certificates.
- On arrival, be polite to reception staff as first impressions count. Complete any application forms in full and ensure you write neatly as this form can say a lot about you to any prospective employer.
- Your body language can say a lot without you having to say anything at all. Shake hands, look your interviewer in the eye, smile, introduce yourself, take a seat when asked and be confident. Sit upright throughout the interview, do not slouch and do not fold your arms as this may be interpreted by the interviewer that you are disinterested in the job vacancy, it’s always best to sit with your hands flat on your knees.
- The interview should be a two-way discussion, the interviewer will talk to you about the company, the job role and may even ask you questions- this is your chance to ‘sell/promote’ yourself by showing that you have researched the company, understand the job and have the experience and attributes required for the vacancy.
- However, if you do not understand a point or a question asked of you, then you must ask the interviewer for clarification. This is also your chance to ask any relevant questions and raise any points for discussion, make sure the employer knows the benefits of employing you and that you are the right person for the job.
- As the interview draws to a natural close the interviewer will begin to end the interview and may ask if there is anything else you would like to know- this is your opportunity to ‘close’ the interview:
- If you are interested in the position- you must say so.
- Ask if the interviewer thinks you are suitable for the position.
- Ask what the next stage is.
- Finally, Good Luck and don’t forget to call your consultant after the interview and let him or her know how you feel it went.