Recruitment: The Dos and Don’ts for an Interview
BY GEORGE ROSE
If you are at the start of your career or you have decided to make a change you will almost always have to go through some sort of interview process. Here are some key dos and don’ts to remember for the interview process to help you get the best possible outcome for your desired job.
Always know the type of job interview you are going to. Ask the required questions beforehand so you know if you will be meeting with one person or more, in a group or individually, on the phone or in person.
Further to the above point, know how long the interview will be and prepare accordingly.
Request the location of the interview and plan your journey. One of the worst mistakes you can make is turning up late and getting lost will not justify it.
Research the employer and the job role in advance. Know the company’s competitors, reputation, services offered and any extra details you can find.
Be prepared to ask questions about the company and the employee conducting the interview. If you do not ask questions it will show a lack of preparation or interest.
Always dress the part. It is always better to err on the side of caution and overdress rather than underdress.
You cannot wing it! Don’t trick yourself into thinking you can get away without preparation.
Don’t arrive late. 15 minutes early is an ideal time to turn up. If you are extremely early, find a local coffee shop to relax at.
Always have an explanation for your answer. If you simply answer yes or no it will not give the interviewer enough information about you. Yes/No questions are an opportunity to share more about who you are and why you are a good fit for the role.
Avoid saying anything negative about former colleagues or employers. Especially avoid saying anything negative about yourself. You are trying to sell yourself to the company.