Things to remember during your interview

Here's your chance to present yourself in your best light.

  • Greet everyone in the room with a firm handshake, and remember to maintain eye contact with them all throughout the interview.
  • Look interested and engaged by nodding in an understanding manner, maintain eye contact with the person speaking, and ask relevant counterquestions. Don't fit with your arms folded during your interview. If you don't like sitting without your arms folded and don't know what to do with your hands, you can make notes on a piece of paper.
  • Be yourself, and be honest. Don't embellish your positive aspects, but emphasis the things you are actually good at.
  • Listen carefully to the questions and try to stick to the subject when you reply without getting hung up on unnecessary details. Hopefully you'll be well prepared and know what answers you want to give, but remember to try to speak as naturally as possible so that you don't sound as though you're reciting particular details parrot-fashion. If you need to think about how to answer a question, do just that.
  • Ask the questions you prepared and don't be afraid to ask if there's anything you haven't understood during the interview or that you'd like to know more about. 
  • If you like, ask what the company considers is important about this job and call attention to some examples of your own which reinforce the fact that you have the experience and knowledge the company is looking for.
  • Don't badmouth your previous managers or places of work.
  • You don't need to negotiate everything during your first meeting, you can save pay and conditions for a later date.
  • Don't be afraid to end the interview by asking about the next stage of the process and what your chances are.