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- Ensure you have a good understanding of the Company that are offering the position and the role on offer. Your Recruitment Consultant should give you all the necessary detail. Have the names and titles of the interviewers and a contact number in case of an unforeseen event which might delay your arrival.
- Give yourself extra time to allow for traffic, punctuality not only portrays professionalism and respect but will also enable you to have a few minutes to relax, gather your thoughts and perhaps freshen up before the interview commences.
- Create the right impression as soon as you enter the building. Be courteous and friendly from the start, beginning with reception staff.
- Greet the interviewer with a smile and good handshake, firm but not gripping.
- Building a good rapport at this early stage is vital, small chat about the traffic, weather or indeed a pleasant remark about the Company premises are always good conversation openers and lead to a more relaxed atmosphere from which to commence the interview.
- Posture is important, try and sit back in the chair, with your hands on your lap or by your side. If you have brought a notepad and would like to take notes, feel free to do so. Remember a first interview is as much a gathering information exercise for you as it is for the employer.
- Good eye contact is essential, look at the person asking the question and maintain good eye contact with him/her and the panel when answering. If you do not understand what is being asked of you, ask for further clarification.
- If you do not know the answer or do not have the relevant experience of the topic, be honest with the interviewer and explain you have not had experience of that particular skill/situation. However use this as an opportunity to explain perhaps a similar skill/situation you have experience off. Remember employers will be flexible on some aspects of a role and it is important for candidates to seek out this flexibility at interview and try and sell the relevant skills you do have.
- Asking questions does not have to be an end of interview procedure for a candidate, in fact asking questions throughout the interview will not only satisfy your curiosity but will also show enthusiasm and result in a more engaging conversation.
- When the interview has finished, remember to thanks the interviewers for their time and ask when you can expect to get feedback.
- After the interview remember to follow up with a thank-you email or letter.