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.
- 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.
- 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.