Interview Tips – the Do’s and Don’ts
Interviews can be tricky. Should you be yourself – or the person you think the interviewer wants you to be? Should you rehearse your answers, or is it best to sound spontaneous? And when they ask if you have any questions for them, what should you say?
To help you get the most out of your interview, our Recruitment team share their top tips.
This includes knowing exactly where you are going, what time you need to be there, how you’re going to get there, and what you need to wear, take and prepare.
If you are unsure about anything, don’t guess. Just ask the person who arranged your interview. Be on time. Remember first impressions count!!
DO feel nervous
Feeling nervous may be uncomfortable, but nerves are actually a good thing. Being nervous shows you care – and chances are you will start to feel more relaxed once you start talking.
Drinking a cup of water just before your interview will give your stomach something to focus on, can relieve the ‘butterflies’ feeling and allow your head to focus on the questions.
You don’t want to come across as though you’re reading a script but it is worth practicing how you will respond to basic questions.
If you are asked to take numerical or verbal tests as part of the process, there are plenty of examples online where you can practice.
DO be genuine
The reason we hold interviews and assessment centres is to get to know you better. That’s the real you; not who you think we are looking for.
DO stand out – for the right reasons
Research the company and role you are applying to and show genuine enthusiasm for getting the job.
Make your application a considered one so make sure you find out what you want to know about the company. At the end of the interview, ask the interviewer about their role, why they joined and stayed with the company. This also helps to show genuine interest.
DON’T forget to smile
Smiling will make you feel more relaxed, takes less effort than frowning, can improve your credibility and releases endorphins to make you feel more positive.