At Simply Interview we take the hassle out of hiring by vetting and interviewing candidates for the positions we are filling.

We have learnt a thing or two about job interviews during our many years in working in recruitment!

We know many job seekers may not have had a face-to-face interview for some time, or perhaps after time spent working from home or being on furlough over the last year, they feel a little out of practice navigating professional workplace meetings.

It doesn’t matter how solid your CV is, if you don’t present yourself well in an interview it could cost you a job. This is your audition – to show what kind of person you are and if you are a good fit for the company.

Here are some basic dos and don’ts for job seekers attending interviews.

Be Prepared

You should attend every interview with a clear understanding of the business you are interviewing for. What they are called, what they do, where they operate and what their mission is. All of this information will be available on their website and social channels so do your research!

Make a point of remembering the names of your interviewers – you could even look them up on LinkedIn before you meet them, so you understand their role in the company.

Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and write a list of questions you think they might ask:

  • describe your experience
  • your strengths
  • your weaknesses
  • where you see yourself in 5 years
  • how you overcame a challenge in your work
  • why are you leaving your current role
  • what makes you suitable for the job
  • questions to ask them

Practice answering them – either to a mirror or a family member!

Remain professional

On the day of the interview dress professionally and be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early – you don’t want to keep them waiting.

Make sure your phone is off and out of sight, and be courteous to everyone you meet – you want to make a good impression on your future colleagues.

Remember this is a professional interview, not a causal chat. You should be yourself, but the best possible version! That means eye contact, sitting up straight and not using bad language.

Don’t focus on what the company can do for you, but what you can do for them. Be enthusiastic about that prospect and make sure you express all your relevant accomplishments.

Don’t ask about salary, bonuses, holiday entitlements and benefits at this point – that can wait until they make you an offer.

And definitely don’t talk negatively about former colleagues, workplaces or yourself – keep it positive and professional.

Good luck!

If you are currently looking for work, make sure you upload your CV with us!