Advice on Interviews

Your objective is to get another interview or a job offer. The interview gives you the opportunity to market yourself and convince the potential employer of your suitability for this or some other position which may become available later.


Before the interview you can improve your prospects by the following activities

- Confirm the appointment with the company/organisation.
- Research the sector, employer and position available.
- Use the Internet, personal contacts and media to do this research.
- Read your CV carefully and prepare for likely questions.
- Have some appropriate questions ready to ask the interviewer(s).
- Check out the best route (and time required) to reach the interview location
- If possible find out the name, correct pronunciation and title of interviewer.
- Dress to impress and plan to arrive at reception 15 minutes early.


Personal grooming is essential to create a good presentation and convey a professional attitude. Dress in an appropriate style for the industry, company or organisation. Remember you only have one opportunity to make a good first impression!

Having read your cover letter/email, CV and check you out on  Linkedin and/or Facebook the objective of the interviewer is to establish that you have reasonable social skills, the  ability to do the job and can  contribute to a team effort.

You should come across as self-assured - without being over confident. So pay attention to the following guidelines.

At The Interview

- Shake hands firmly and establish eye contact with interviewer.
- Wait until you're offered a seat before sitting down.
- Be Confident, Positive, Friendly and Smile.
- Use the interviewer's name and pronounce it correctly.
- Answer questions concisely, honestly and keep to the point!
- Sit straight and restrain any nervous habits you may have.
- Stay calm, speak clearly and be prepared for some intensive questioning.
- Listen carefully to questions and ask for clarification if you are unsure.
- Be enthusiastic and show an interest in the position/ employer.

How to Score Some Own Goals

- Careless personal grooming, smoking or chewing gum.
- Inadequate preparation and inability to answer reasonable questions.
- Overbearing attitude, arrogance and a lack of tact or courtesy
- Indifference, wanton ignorance and absence of career objectives.
- Preoccupation with money, benefits or promotional prospects.
- Negative attitude to sector and current/previous employers.

End Of Interview

Ask about the next interview if you are still interested in the position. If offered the job, ask for some time to discuss with family and consider this career move. However you should give a commitment to respond promptly.

If you are not offered a position it may well be that the interviewer has more people to see or may wish to discuss the candidates, remuneration package etc with senior management or other colleagues.

It is also not unusual for the preferred candidate not to accept the position offered for a variety of reasons. So be optimistic there is a high probability that some other employer has a suitable position for you.

Be sure to thank the interviewer for his/her time. Review your performance at the interview and prepare for the next opportunity.Lastly send them a thank you note for inviting you to an interview.


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