Remember the 4 P's - Preparation Prevents Poor Performance
- Research - find out as much as you can about the company, from their website, Facebook page, Twitter feeds, company literature, contacts etc. ***Facts to find include: Company turnover; Who owns it; Year established; Number of employees; How many sites does it have; Company's business; Customer base
- Make sure you know the name & position of the person interviewing you
- Take a look at the interviewers profiles on LinkedIn (if listed)
- Prepare a list of questions you wish to ask the company
- Try to obtain a job specification if possible
- Check out in advance the location of the interview and parking facilities/bus or train timetables/taxi.
On The Day:
- First impressions count so always arrive smart and professional looking. Even if you have heard the company operate a dress down policy, keep the suit, you can always dress down later
- Be punctual, arriving late gives a bad impression from the off, as does arriving too early!
- Switch off your mobile phone
- Body language is very important - always sit upright but relaxed
- Try not to be nervous, speak clearly and confidently (without coming over as being arrogant!)
- Don’t chew sweets/gum in the interview. If you need a drink due to having a dry throat then ask for a glass of water.
- Shake hands firmly, smile and make eye contact
- Always appear interested in the job and joining the company
- Concentrate on your strengths, avoid negatives, when talking about a weakness is unavoidable, convey the message that you recognise it but are striving to overcome it
- Listen carefully during the interview to avoid misunderstanding
- Give clear and concise answers - don't ramble on
- Do not criticise your present/past employer, if asked reasons for leaving a particular job, keep it brief and to the point
- Always expect the unexpected.