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Interview Tips

 

Here are a few tips on the Do's and Don'ts from experienced professionals on both sides of the interview desk. Some of these tips may seem like common sense, in which case you will probably cruise through the interview however, interviews can be challenging experiences and it is best to refresh the basics.
  • 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 site.
  • 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: Don’t 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: Don’t 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.

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