Beacon Recruitment & Placement Services Ltd
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Interview Advice
Preparation

It is important to do some preparation before attending an interview. The more you prepare, the less likely you will need to think on your feet on the day.

  • Ensure you speak to your consultant and they will be happy to help you find out as much as you can about the company, the culture, the job and the person who will be interviewing you.
  • In most cases the employer will already be in possession of your CV so think about what skills or experience you may have that match the job description and be prepared to highlight these on the day.
  • Take a copy of your CV and any certificates or references with you. Not all employers will ask for them but you should be prepared.
  • Plan your journey and set off early. Should you be delayed in any way, ring your consultant or the company to keep everyone informed. If you do decide not to go, it’s essential you let your consultant know.
  • Punctuality on the day is of key importance.
  • Have some relevant questions prepared prior to your interview.

On the Day

  • Remember, appearances do count and the first few seconds are vital. Companies often have different standards of dress; your consultant will be happy to help if you need advice.
  • When you meet your contact, ensure you walk in confidently, shake hands, look them in the eye, smile and introduce yourself.
  • Watch your body language, sit upright and look keen and interested. Keep control of your hands as touching your hair, fiddling with a pen or button, for example, can be distracting.
  • Be natural, be yourself, be positive.
  • Relating to the key areas of the role, ensure that you demonstrate how your experience matches.
  • Offer precise and detailed answers to questions, highlighting any relevant experience.
  • If you do not understand a question, ask for clarification.
  • Think about what is going to make you stand out from the crowd. Make sure you highlight the benefits of employing you.
  • If you are interested in the position, it’s always beneficial to say so. Ask what the next stage is and if the interviewer thinks that you are suitable for the role.
  • When the interview has finished, stand up, smile, shake hands and thank the interviewer for their time.