The majority of candidates fail to capitalize on potential gift opportunities and some commit major blunders during an interview without realizing it. It is often the basics that are overlooked during an interview. We recommend that you follow these simple techniques below before, during, and after your interview:
Do some general research on the company and the product/services they represent.
Be presented to at least the dress level for the role that you are applying. Remove any unnecessary loose jewelry or facial piercing items.
Make sure your shoes are clean and polished.
Arrive no earlier than FIVE (5) minutes before your arranged interview time. If there is any possibility of being delayed ring the interviewer before the agreed interview time to update them. A late arrival demonstrates a lack of courtesy.
Leave your cell phone in your car or turn it off before you arrive. Be pleasant and courteous toward the reception person when you arrive. NEVER answer a cell phone during an interview.
When you meet the interviewer look the person in the eye with sincerity and smile.
Please understand that the interviewer will be hoping that you are the person for the job so he/she can get you started. It is up to you to make this an easy decision for the interviewer.
Approach the interview as though it is your job of a lifetime, even if it is not. If you do act genuinely interested and are offered the job you can always turn it down, you may be offered a better role you didn’t even know existed. If you come across as withdrawn, overconfident or arrogant you may not get past first base on anything, by then it is too late.
Shake the interviewers hand reasonably firmly. Make sure your hand is dry first.
Smile and thank the interviewer for the interview opportunity.
Comment genuinely on something positive about the product or the company before you sit down to talk. Make sure it is relevant and comes across as genuine.
Stay positive and focused on the interviewer at all times. NEVER comment negatively about a current or previous employer or competitor product. Do not mention past interviews or future interviews you may be planning to attend.
When asked why you want to leave your current employer provide a genuine factual reason. Make sure that the reason/s you offer can be addressed by this prospective employer should you get the job. If you are uncertain about the reason/s you want to offer please discuss them with us before the interview.
NEVER pass on general gossip or private industry information during the interview.
NEVER mention remuneration unless the interviewer raises the subject first. The subject will come up but maybe not at the first interview. Do not undersell or over inflate your market value. If you are unsure what that is we can help you.
If you know the person interviewing do not become too familiar. Treat the interviewer with total respect throughout as though they are strangers you are working hard to impress. Take your time to answer each question clearly but do not prolong your answer.
NEVER attempt to dominate the interview or interviewer. Look closely for the signals to allow the interviewer space to respond to your answers. Do not be afraid to tell the interviewer how much you would enjoy working for the company or want to be involved with the company’s product.
When the interview ends look the interviewer in the eye, smile, shake hands and thank the interviewer for the interview opportunity again.
Don't be afraid to ask questions and write notes during the discussion. It demonstrates genuine interest in the job and shows that you avoid relying on your memory.
Thank the reception person on the way out.