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27 November 2007

A foolproof interview guide

You’ve taken a lot of care in preparing your CV, you’ve managed to get an interview and have dressed for success. Ready?

You’ve taken a lot of care in preparing your CV, you’ve managed to get an interview and have dressed for success. Ready?

The Interview:
  • Arrive early. Being late for an interview is inexcusable. Rather be prepared to spend a couple of minutes waiting outside the building than arriving late.
  • Greet the interviewer by name with a firm handshake and a smile.
  • Do not sit down until offered a chair.
  • Ensure you have a copy of your CV with you to give your interviewer as a reference during the interview.
  • Always make eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Watch your body language. Strive to appear calm and composed, and avoid fidgeting.
  • Your conduct should always convey your determination to get the job.
  • Focus on highlighting your strong points and achievements when answering questions.
  • Avoid "Yes" or "No" answers. Take the opportunity to explain, but don't over-answer questions. Listen to questions clearly and provide succinct answers.
  • Keep your tone professional and conversational. Do not talk to the interviewer as you would a friend, and avoid unnecessary references to your personal life.
  • Don't make negative remarks about previous employers.
  • Don't ask about remuneration in your first interview. If the interviewer is interested in hiring you, opportunity to discuss this will arise later.
  • Close the sale. The most effective closing will reaffirm your interest in the position.
  • Thank the interviewer for taking the time to see you.
 
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