Interview Dos and Donts

What to do in interview

� Dress smartly, look bright and attentive, and speak clearly and confidently. Don't forget that in the first few minutes only 7% of the interviewer's opinion of you is formed by what you say - the rest is judged on how you look, act and sound
� find out where the venue is beforehand, how to get there and how long it takes get your outfit ready the night before
� find out what kind of interview it will be so you can prepare
� examine the person specification and your CV/application form, and think about what type of questions they will ask you
� prepare answers for the main questions - for example, why do you want the job, what are your strengths and weaknesses, what are the main tasks in this job?
� make about three or four points in each answer
� quote real examples of when you've used certain skills - just saying you've got a skill isn't enough
� take your time when answering the questions: make sure you understand the question and take your time if you need to think
� sell yourself: no one else is going to! Be positive about yourself and your experiences
� prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview - use it as an opportunity to find out more about the role and the company. (Don't ask about money or perks just yet!
� when discussing salary, know your market worth and start by quoting a little higher than this
� get feedback on your performance, whether you were successful or not
� turn off your mobile phone: treat the interviewers with respect and give them your undivided attention
� keep your answers focused on what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you