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HERO’S Do’s and Don’ts advice for Interviews.

A strong interview is an important determining factor in securing a new position. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be – resulting in a better outcome.

DO’s

  • Be on time for your interview.
  • Bring a copy of your CV as a backup.
  • Be familiar with your CV– Know it in detail.
  • Always be prepared – Do your homework on the company, check their website, news articles and trade magazines.
  • Understand the format of the interview so you don’t get any surprises.
  • Have clever questions prepared specific to the role. Asking questions will highlight your interest and motivation to succeed in the role and company.
  • Make a good first impression – promote your strengths and achievements.
  • Demonstrate good posture and body language – sit up straight and retain good eye contact.
  • Be a good listener. Good understanding will positively reflect in your answers.
  • Give clear examples to demonstrate your skillset.
  • Thank the interviewers for their time at the end.

DON’Ts

  • Speak negatively about your present or former employers.
  • Use bad language. Don’t curse or use vulgar words.
  • Let past rejection experiences impact on new interviews.
  • Talk across the interviewer.
  • Don’t cross your arms and create a barrier between you and the interviewer.
  • Don’t give false information – answer questions honestly and on topic.
  • Don’t let your disappointment show if things aren’t going the way you planned.
  • Don’t over-answer questions – keep answers short and concise.
  • Don’t become complacent in the assumption the job is yours, the interview process is not over until the contract is signed.
  • Don’t ask about compensation and benefits in the first interview.
  • Dismiss or underestimate anybody in the process, including how you greet the receptionist or co-ordinator.

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