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Interview Skills

Making a great first impression every time.

Interview Skills
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How to succeed at interview

You rarely get a second chance to make a good impression on a prospective employer, so at your interview it is important that you get it right first time.

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Preparation

Prepare yourself, interviews are two way meetings. They are both an opportunity for the interviewer to find out about you and whether you are a suitable candidate – and for you to find out about the organisation and if the position will provide you with the challenge and job satisfaction you are looking for.

Think about your skills, qualifications and experience and ensure that you can talk confidently about what is written on your CV. Particularly ensure that you can talk about the skills relevant to the position you are going for.

Prepare some questions to ask at the interview. At the first interview it would be wise to restrict your questions to the details of the job and the organisation. Salary and benefit discussions are best left until a second interview or a job offer is made.

Do your homework

Find out as much as possible about the company prior to the interview. A good starting point is to look up their website and find out about the products and services they offer, the location of the office/s, and the number of employees.

Ask the consultancy if they have any extra information on them, have they met the client / been to their premises? You could also phone the company and ask them to send you an annual report.

Appearance

Ask your consultancy what the client’s dress code is. For office work, smart business dress is a must.

Ensure you are well groomed with tidy hair, clean shoes and clothing. Do not wear too much perfume or aftershave and keep make-up, jewellery and nail polish simple.

If you would like additional support or advice concerning your next interview please get in touch with one of our specialist HR Recruitment Consultants

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