Interview Basics

  • Arrive at your interview early. Being late for an interview is unacceptable and will usually ruin any prospect of success. if you have a legitimate reason for being late, call, apologise and explain the reason immediately. Try to rearrange the interview for a time that you can commit to
  • Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and good eye contact. Be positive, friendly upbeat
  • Wait to be shown a seat. Sit upright and maintain positive eye contact throughout the interview with all interviewers (if more than one)
  • Listen carefully, be sure to give direct and relevant answers to the interviewer’s questions. Always illustrate your answers with examples
  • Be enthusiastic and positive in your answers. It is normal to be nervous in interview. Interviewers understand this. Take a deep breath, and consider your answer. Illustrate your answer
  • Be honest. Answer questions truthfully, succinctly and as close to the point as possible
  • Use the questions as an opportunity to sell yourself to the interviewer. Use your answers to highlight your strengths and your suitability for the role
  • Show maturity, a clear well-spoken manner and confidence in your own ability! Remember, you’re there to show that you’re the best person for the job
  • Never ask about salary in an interview. If the interviewer asks what your salary expectations are, tell them your recruitment consultant is managing that on your behalf
  • Try to avoid discussions about benefits packages, holidays, bonuses academic support, especially in a first interview. This may be appropriate later on in the process
  • Avoid closed or one word answers such as Yes or No. Explain your answers in detail and give illustrative examples to support your responses
  • Be careful not to over elaborate on your points or deviate to far from your point. You need to provide informative and illustrative answers, however be succinct and to the point. Achieving the right balance is key to success so focus on the relevant facts
  • Never speak negatively about past employers. Try to give a fair, balanced and positive account of past experiences



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