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Interviewing - Do’s and Don’ts

Friday 24 October 2014 by AP Group HR

Interviewing can be a nerve-racking situation. Candidates often have to justify their professional worth to a complete stranger (or strangers!) in an unfamiliar and forced environment. Having said that, interviewing doesn't have to be a nightmare and can be an opportunity for you to explore a role and company, whilst showcasing your skills and personality in your quest for the perfect job...

Do know where you're going! Make sure you know the exact location of the interview and how to get there.
Do your research - learn about the company and the role you are interviewing for.
Do prepare and practice for the interview, but don't memorise or over-rehearse your answers.
Do dress the part for the job, the company and the industry. Ask your Recruitment Consultant or company contact about dress code. If in doubt go smart!
Do plan to arrive about 10 minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable. If you are running late, phone the company or Recruitment Consultant!
Do greet the receptionist or assistant with courtesy and respect. This is where you make your first impression.
Do bring your CV to the interview.
Do shake hands firmly. Don't have a limp or clammy handshake!
Do remember body language and posture: sit upright and look alert and interested at all times. Don't fidget or slouch - This send the wrong message to the interviewer
Do make good eye contact with your interviewer(s).
Do show enthusiasm in the position and the company- A positive attitude to the company and role goes a long way
Do avoid using poor language or slang!
Do show off the research you have done on the company and industry when responding to questions.
Do remember that the interview is also an important time for you to evaluate the interviewer and the company - Remember, you are interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you!
Do always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on an opportunity until you are sure about it.
Do show what you can do for the company rather than what the company can do for you.
Do ask intelligent questions about the job, company and industry. Also ask about your career development potential in the business. This shows a commitment to the role and an ambition to grow with the organisation.
Do close the interview by telling the interviewer(s) that you want the job and asking about the next step in the process.
Do immediately take down notes after the interview concludes so you don't forget crucial details - If you have interviewed through an Agency, call your Consultant to feedback immediately after the interview.


Don't chew gum during the interview.
Don't rely on your application or CV to sell you. No matter how qualified you are for the position, you will need to sell yourself to the interviewer.
Don't tell jokes during the interview.
Don't be soft-spoken. A forceful voice projects confidence.
Don't act as though you would take any job or are desperate for employment.
Don't say anything negative about former colleagues, supervisors, or employers..
Don't lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and succinctly.
Don't answer questions with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that showcase your talents, skills, and determination. Give examples. Anecdotal evidence is very useful in demonstrating experience.
Don't answer your phone during the interview, and do turn off (or set to silent ring) your phone!!
Don't enquire about salary, holiday, bonuses, or other benefits until after you've received an offer. Be prepared for a question about your salary requirements, but do try and delay salary talks until you have an offer.