Interview Advice

interview advice

We know interviews can be a little stressful, so this is why we asked around the office and we put together a list of tips that hopefully will make it easier for you!

Check them out below.

Dress appropriately.

After all, you will be meeting your recruiter or future employer. Make sure your shirt is not too short; the employer is interested in your skills and not that nice belly button piercing you got last summer. Another important thing, make sure that your clothes are clean.

Have a copy of your CV with you.

The recruiter will usually have your CV, but make sure you bring a copy of your CV with you as well. Even if you don’t use it, it looks professional. And try not to fold your CV, put it in a folder if you have to and check for any coffee stains before handing it in!

Do some research on the company.

Whenever you are going for an interview with the employer, you will be expected to know a few things about the company. Most companies have their own websites where you can find information on the products or services they provide. The information is out there, you just need to look for it! Be curious!

Check the location before the interview.

The company is located in an area you are not very familiar with? A trip to the place a day or two before will help you manage your time on the day of the interview. If you don’t have time to do that, there are several websites on which you can check how long it will take you to get there. It’s always better to be 15 minutes early than 15 minutes late.

Make sure you have a phone number in case you are late.

You are late. No matter the reason, you should always let the person who’ll be interviewing you know. Not everybody has a smartphone or data connection on their mobiles to check for a contact number on the spot, so save the office phone number in your phone and call them the minute you realise you might be a little late.

Know the name of the person you are meeting.

Most of the companies will have someone at the front desk greeting you. It looks a lot more professional if you say “I have a meeting scheduled for 10 with John Connolly” rather than “I have a meeting with someone in the HR department in your company”. Quick tip from us: check and see if the person has a LinkedIn profile, it will help!

Hygiene.

There’s absolutely no excuse for dirty nails or dirty hair. Or let’s say you were out of hot water the night before, here’s a trick for girls: tie your hair into a bun! Or use dry shampoo. Also, we recommend you not to smoke before an interview. You don’t want to go in front of your recruiter or employer smelling of cigarettes.

Prepare questions you’d like to ask.

Have a list of questions you’d like to ask your interviewer. Chances are you will probably forget some of them when you are face to face with them, so write them down and bring them with you. It will suggest you are organised and truly interested in the job.

Know the job spec.

Eventually bring a copy of the job spec with you. Know the specifications of the job you are applying to. If you don’t understand something, ask.

References.

Bring names and phone numbers for one or two of your referees. If you have written references, bring copies. Be prepared to be asked for references. Having them with you will always look professional.

Make sure your phone is switched off.

Nothing is more distracting than the sound of a phone ringing or vibrating. Make sure your phone is completely on silent or switched off. Even if you put it on vibrate, you will still be able to hear it buzzing in your pocket. And the interviewer will too.

Don’t be afraid to say that you are nervous.

The job of the recruiter is to see if you are suitable for the role and if the role is suitable for you. It’s a conversation and not an interrogation. It’s normal to be nervous, especially if you haven’t been on an interview in a while or if it’s a job you really want. Tell the recruiter. He is there to help you.

Bonus tip: Lose the chewing gum. We like chewing gum too, but not when we are interviewing. 🙂

Bonus tip 2: Before the interview, think about what you can do for the company, rather than what the company can do for you.

Let us know here how helpful our tips were!