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Candidate Interviews - Tips and Advice

Date posted: 27/06/2011

Interviews are often varied and do not always follow a set pattern.  Therefore they cannot therefore be easily categorised, so the following points are to be used simply as a guide. However, our experience of successful interviews, along with feedback from our clients, indicates that your chances of success will be enhanced if you bear in mind the following points:

Research

Always prepare yourself with as much information about the company and role as possible - visit the company's website as it should provide good information about the products/services the company offers. Try to gain an understanding of the structure of the company and the market the company is in.  You should be able to get a job spec for the role and it's responsibilities

Punctuality

Ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. It is not a good first impression if you turn up late.
If, due to unforeseen circumstances you are going to be late, contact the company to inform them of your expected time of arrival and let Infinity know that you have done this. On arrival, apologise immediately and explain your reasons.
Arriving early will give you the opportunity to read some information on the company in the reception area and gather your thoughts.

Attire

Dress smart, be aware of the company culture and ensure you dress to impress. Decide what you are going to wear the night before to avoid making the wrong choices.

Interviewers

Establish how many people will be interviewing you. Find out what their roles are within the company and preferably what their interview techniques are like.

Interview Location - Role Location

Always find out exactly where it is you have to go for the interview and what site you will be working at as they may not always be the same address. Make sure you have satellite navigation with the correct postcode or a map with directions as well as information on parking or the nearest railway station.

Read through your own CV

Many people have not read through their own c.v for some time - re-familiarise yourself with it.

On arrival

When meeting interviewer(s) for the first time, greet them with a smile, a strong handshake and be polite. Maintain good eye contact levels at all times, especially with the interviewer to whom you are responding to. Try to mimic the style of the interviewer i.e. if they are formal - be formal, if they are informal - be informal. Look and act alert and interested.

 

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