Here is some well meaning advice which we have found to be pertinent in the past when attending a job interview.
- Allow plenty of time to get to your interview.
- Dress smartly - be neat, clean and dress conservatively. Dark suits and white shirts are recommended.
- Be composed and well mannered. Don't get impatient if you have to wait, they may well be testing your temperament.
- When asked to complete an application form, do so neatly and thoroughly. (Application forms can have an influence with personnel on your application.)
- Be enthusiastic and interested. Remember that the position your prospective employer is talking about is very important to them and they want someone who is genuinely interested in their company. Have a list of questions to ask the client about the project and the company itself.
- Body language is also very important, always stand to greet your interviewer, shake their hand firmly and smile. Project confidence.
- Be prepared to answer awkward and technical questions. Listen to the questions carefully. Understand exactly what is being asked of you. If you are unsure ask for clarification. Give yourself time to think before answering. Answer precisely and to the point.
- Prepare, take some time to research the company and what they do. This will give you more confidence in the meeting and also provide you with answers should the interviewer ask you, what do you know about the company?
Prepare answers for some tricky questions that might come up, perhaps some of the following:
- Why are you interested in this role?
- What would you consider to be your strengths?
- What would your Co-workers say about you?
- What are your key strengths / weaknesses?
- What's your biggest failure?
- How do you cope under pressure?
- What can you bring to this role?
- Why should we offer you this role?
- At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and if you are interested in the job say so.
- It is imperative you contact your recruitment consultant after the interview so that we can continue to act in your best interests.
- Lastly enjoy the interview. If you enjoy it, the client will and that will ultimately help to obtain a good decision.