Important Advice for Job Interviews

Ten Top Tips for Interviews

Everyone has their own interview technique; some people even have a pre-interview ritual that they believe will guarantee success. Here at Source we recommend these simple but effective Ten Top Tips to help you perform when it matters most.

1. First impressions count

Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Give eye contact. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room. You have to sell yourself before you can sell anything else and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about whether they like you or not and whether you will fit into the team.

2. Be prepared

Re-read your CV and the job advert just before the interview. Do your research thoroughly: Look at the company web site or obtain literature. You may be asked about the salary you are after so make sure you research that as well or refer them back to the recruitment agency that put you forward.

3. Don’t waffle 

Answer questions properly – even if you need a few moments silence to collect your thoughts.

4. Why should they hire you? 

Most job adverts will list qualities they’re looking for – a team worker, a good communicator etc – so it’s up to you to think of examples of how you can demonstrate these skills. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills.

5. Be positive

Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they’ll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.

6. Remember your body language

It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor! Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point.

7. Expect the unexpected

Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard, It is impossible to plan for every difficult question, such as “How would your colleagues describe you?” but try to appear relaxed and in control.

8. Develop rapport

Show energy, a sense of humour and smile.

9. Clarify anything you are unsure of 

If you are not certain what are meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. At the end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he or she needs to know about.

10. Remember your manners 

It is better to choose than to be chosen. Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and job opportunity maybe ask them for a business card and follow it up by sending a “thank-you” e-mail saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are. Take the opportunity to detail the key advantages you bring. Get clearance from your consultant before you do this though!

Good luck!