What to do on the day of the interview

What to do on the day of the interview

  • Arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the interview. This gives you plenty of time to have a glass of water, freshen up and relax.
  • Before you go into the interview turn your mobile off or put it on silent. If it does go off, apologise quickly and ignore it.  Treat the interviewer with respect and give them your undivided attention.
  • Good personal presentation shows the employer that you mean business. Dress smartly, look bright and smell fresh.  Make sure your hair is clean and neat.  Your personal grooming and cleanliness should be impeccable.
  • When you reach the interview room, knock on the door. If there is no answer, knock again.  Wait patiently until the interview asks you to go in.
  • Once in the room, offer a firm handshake, make eye contact and smile when you are greeted by the interviewer. Only sit when the interviewer asks you to do so.
  • Try to maintain good eye contact and posture during the interview. Make sure you sit still in your seat and try not to fidget or slouch.  Body language is important because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  Considering this, it’s no surprise that 60% of first impressions are formed by body language.  A further 30% is visual contact and only about 10% is based on what you actually say.
  • Assuming 10% of first impressions is based on what is said, it’s vital that you sell yourself effectively. Remember, you have very little time to impress the interviewer so talk about yourself positively and enthusiastically.
  • Quote real examples when you have used certain skills. Simply saying that you have excellent customer service skills will not impress the employer unless you can back it up with concrete evidence.  Be thorough in your responses whilst being concise in your wording.  With a bit of luck, a few carefully chosen words should allow you to demonstrate your ability and commitment effectively.
  • Take your time when answering the questions. Make sure you understand the question and take your time if you need to think.  Ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.
  • Keep your answers focused on what you can do for the employer as opposed to what they can do for you.
  • Be honest and be yourself. Don’t be dishonest with your answers or falsify application documents.  If you have a disability this a good time as ever to disclose it but only disclose it if they ask you.  If you fail to disclose your disability and the employer finds out, then the employer is well within their rights to either withdraw your application or fire you.
  • At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer politely and offer a firm handshake. Depart the room professionally whilst still maintaining eye contact.

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