- Know the company: You should be
pretty well acquainted with the company and the type of work they do. You will need to do
your homework and know something of their corporate culture, internal systems, business
history, annual reports, mission statement etc. You can do this using several resources
including company brochures, pamphlets, annual reports, newsletters and the company Web
- Confirm important details: Confirm
times and arrive at least fifteen minutes early to create a good first impression, travel
to the interview location a day before using the same method of transport to ensure you
will be on time and memorise the name of the interviewer as you do not want to forget
their name as you are leaving.
- Switch off your mobile: Dont
leave your mobile behind as you will want to call your consultant after the interview and
you may need to call ahead if an emergency happens which you can not avoid!!! but make
sure it is switched off during the interview to avoid distractions.
- No wet fish handshakes: Shake
hands warmly with a firm grip, it's quite surprising how much importance employers place
on this. Handshakes have a far deeper significance than most people give credit for.
- Ask questions: At the end of the
interview there is usually an opportunity for you to ask questions. This is your chance to
really impress the interviewer with your research skills about the company and list of
planned questions about the role.
- Body language: Dont smoke,
relax, smile, look at people as you speak to them, avoid one word answers, ask questions
if something seems unclear and keep your answers simple and honest.
- Finally: If you accept the job,
you have given your word, it is a "Verbal Contract". If you change your mind and
reject the offer you will put everyone involved into an awkward situation. You will also
jeopardise your standing as an ethical professional. If you have any doubts, ask for time
to think but give a time within 24 hours by which you will respond, and stick to it.