Extra Talent Recruitment’s Zakk Rockett continues to share candidate best practice.
- Never arrive late
Revise your route prior to attending the interview and give yourself plenty of extra time to ensure that travel delays don’t make you late or leave you hot and flustered.
- Never chew gum
It’s good to make sure that your breath is fresh before an interview but chewing gum during it is a big no.
- Never arrive under-dressed
Ultimately how you dress does not matter as much as how you perform your job, but first impressions are very important, so attend the interview in a smart and presentable manner. If in doubt always overdress.
- Do not swear or use slang
It is extremely unprofessional and must be avoided.
- Do not be unprepared
Research the company ahead of your interview and practice your responses to common interview questions and look on Glassdoor for possible interview questions previously asked by the hiring company. If the job description mentions key types of experience or skills, prepare answers from your previous experience showing when you demonstrated those skills or obtained that experience.
- Never speak negatively of current/previous employer
Always appear professional, why would they want you working for their company if you are speaking so negatively of your previous ones?
- Never lie during an interview
If you need to lie to get the job then this definitely isn’t the role for you, any lies told in an interview will very likely unravel and come back to bite you.
- Do not display negative body language
Here are some examples of some major things to avoid: Fidgeting, crossed arms, bad posture and failure to make eye contact. You want to be remembered as a focused and positive candidate.
- Never enter an interview with your phone on
Can you think of many things worse than your phone going off during an interview? Make sure it’s turned off before you enter the building to avoid embarrassment!
- Don’t forget to ask questions
Asking questions shows your interest in the role, make sure questions you ask are specific to the duties of the job or about the company. A good question near the end is always “Where do we go from here?”, which will give you some idea of the hirer’s timescales and recruitment process, and also reaffirm your enthusiasm and positivity.
Zakk Rocket is a recruitment specialist with Extra Talent Recruitment, with wide experience in both the candidate and employer side of recruitment.
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