During an Interview
Points to note during an interview
- Ensure you have the correct address and directions as well as a phone number for your contact at the interviewing company.
- Allow extra time for delays. Leave your home or office early in order to arrive at the interview location early.
- Know the name of the person you are to ask for when you get to the interview.
- Be polite and friendly to the receptionist and anybody else you meet in the organisation.
- Turn off your mobile completely so that it doesn’t ring or vibrate and disturb the interview. Never answer a phone in an interview.
- Bring a copy of your CV, your contact details, a pen and paper with you.
- Shake hands firmly with the interviewers and refer to them by name. Practice a firm handshake in advance.
- Listen when the interviewers introduce themselves – you will need to remember their name so you can address them by name during the interview.
- Make eye contact and smile at all interviewers when greeting them.
- Don’t take a seat until you are invited to.
- Once seated, maintain good posture throughout the interview. Do not slouch.
- Relax with some deep breaths and act naturally.
- Be friendly, act confidently and try to be as articulate as possible.
- If you use your hands while talking, try not to over do it, as this will distract the interviewer.
- Maintain good eye contact with the interviewer, without staring. If there is more than one interviewer, switch eye contact between all interviewers, to show you are paying attention to them.
- Focus on giving them information on your good points.
- Demonstrate how much you know about the company.
- Outline what, given the opportunity, you could do for the company.
- Try to answer questions in an interesting and positive way so the interviewer will remember you. Your tone should portray your enthusiasm for the role.
- The interviewer may explain what the next step of the recruitment process is. If they don’t, make sure to ask.
- Enquire about when you can expect to hear back from them – but be aware not to push this, as some organisations may take a while to ensure they have considered all suitable candidates.
- At the end, don’t forget to say thanks to the interview and shake hands once again.
- Say goodbye to anybody in the organisation you came across on the way to the interview room, especially the receptionist, as you depart the building.