Good interview technique is critical in a market where an employer has a lot of choice. You can put yourself ahead of the competition by avoiding simple errors that your competitors might make.
Examples of the biggest no no’s are listed below:
- Limp hand shake – first impressions are critical so a good firm hand shake whilst maintaining eye contact is a must.
- Scruffy Presentation – unless there is a very good reason, you should wear a suit at interview. It creates the right impression. If you don’t have a suit, then smart/formal clothing should be worn.
- Bad eye contact – an employer wants to see that you are engaged in the interview and have a certain level of confidence. Make sure you keep good eye contact!
- Waffle!! Answer questions directly and use examples – an employer is asking you specific questions that they want an answer to so don’t answer a question with something completely left field! Also, where appropriate, back your answers up with examples. Quite often clients will talk about how you coped with certain scenarios. They are looking for you to give an example so that they can be reassured you can do what they might ask you to do in the job.
- Don’t chew gum or play with your hair, slouch, look at your watch or doodle!! Keep your hands still!! There is nothing worse than interviewing someone who is easily distracted.
- Turn your mobile off!! This is a sin that will almost certainly cost you the job, however impressive you have been thus far.
- Show interest in the company and the role. Candidates who refrain from asking at least one or two questions give off the impression that they are not interested in the position. Make sure you have a couple of good ones up your sleeve.
- Don’t do any research beforehand? This is another big no no!! Look into the company, read through the spec – a top tip when looking through a spec is use a highlighter – it will help you pick out and remember the most important points. In short, show that you have done your homework!
After the interview
- Be polite – don’t just walk out. Thank the interviews for their time, ask what the next step would be and what are the timescales involved? This will show a level of interest in the position.
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