An interview is usually a one-to-one discussion that happens because an employer wants to see if you’re suitable for the job. Through the questions they ask, the employer wants to gauge whether you’ll fit in with the current personality and attitude of the business, and whether you’ll be able to perform the job to a high standard. It’s also your chance to prove that you’re the person for the job – and that nobody can do it better than you. However, there are certain rules and procedures that should be followed during a formal interview.

What To Do

  • Always dress smartly
    • Make sure that your dresswear is appropriate for the job you are applying for. Most employers will form an opinion of you based on how you look, act and sound.
  • Always try to speak clearly and confidently
    • Even if you feel out of your comfort zone.
  • Find out where the interview is taking place before the day
    • This allows you to be prepared and to arrive on time
  • Research online to see if any past or present employees have posted information about the interview process.
    • This could help when it comes to your interview
  • Prepare answers for the main questions you may be asked
    • Such as “why do you want to work here”, “what are your strengths/weaknesses” and “why will you be good in the job”.
  • Pause for a moment to think about the question being asked
    • This will allow you to answer in the best way possible.
  • Have yourself in mind when you answer their questions.
    • Sell yourself, and try to come across as the perfect candidate for the job.
  • Prepare your own questions.
    • This is your opportunity to show a keen interest in the organisation. Keep questions about money or perks aside, and instead ask questions such as, “Is there chance to progress through the company with this job role?”.
  • If the employer asks about your salary requirements, always set yourself slightly above the market average. You want to look confident.
  • Always ask the interviewer how they think you performed.
    • Some may reply with a non-specific answer, such as “You did fine”. However, others may give you tips for improving your interviews in the future.
  • Make sure that your mobile phone is turned off
    • As well as any other gadgets that make noises.

What Not To Do

  • Try not to be late to your interview.
  • Avoid swearing or using slang words,
    • Even if you think the recruiter may understand them.
  • Don’t slouch while sitting down, or look in another direction when speaking/being spoken to.
  • Don’t lie
    • Employers often undergo rigorous vetting processes – and you may get found out.
  • Remember that there are plenty of other jobs out there
    • Control your nerves and stress.
  • Never bring up topics which are controversial
    • Such as religion and politics.
  • Try to avoid mentioning former employers/employees in a negative manner.
  • Always keep the discussion positive.
    • Be open to criticism, and be open to potentially demanding questions.

Preparation and research is the key. Be prepared to stand out from the crowd by being creative. For example, if you’re a web designer, perhaps consider printing out some of your best designs and portfolio work to impress with – but keep it short and straight to the point.

If you would like Oakland Recruitment to help you prepare for an interview, feel free to contact one of our recruitment specialists at 01782 717766.

Sarah Heath

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