General Interview Tips
Here are some general interview tips that you should always bear in mind
- Dress well and ensure your outfit is prepared the day before. There’s no one-size fits all advice for what to wear specifically, as it will depend on the culture of the company you are being interviewed for, but first and foremost make sure you are comfortable and feel confident in what you are wearing.
- Make sure you set off with time to spare and plan your route. The last thing you want to do is become panicked because you are late. It also doesn’t give the best impression to the Hiring Manager if you can’t be punctual to your interview (unless there are genuine extenuating circumstances). Aim to arrive 10 - 15 minutes early.
- Ask questions at the end, but don’t over-do it. You should have naturally formulated some questions you’d like to know the answers to when doing your interview research. Plan around 3 to 5 questions for the interview, dependent on the role, and make sure they are important and reflect your understanding of the role and marketplace. Hiring Managers are usually busy and have allocated time slots for interviews, so asking too many questions can be inconvenient.
- Think positively. There is no need to get stressed before an interview. The people interviewing you just want to get to know your skills and your personality.
- Handle rejection. Just because you didn’t get the job, don’t take it personally. There are literally hundreds of possible reasons why you may not have been suitable for the position, and it doesn’t mean you won’t be right for the next one.
- Don’t be critical of current or previous employers. Even if you have legitimate reasons for being critical, interviewers will be wary if you overly chastise others. Focus on how you have overcome difficult situations instead and the actions you took to resolve any form of conflict. If you can’t do this, then it’s better not to mention it at all.
- Ensure you can talk through your responsibilities and achievements on your CV, and anything you wrote in your cover letter.