Remember these essential interview guidelines

Feb 7, 2017


by Ciara Connolly

An interview is your opportunity to strut your stuff to a potential employer it is also a great way to learn about the company and their people. The most important ingredients to a successful interview are proper preparation and good listening skills.

Here are four things to consider when interviewing.

  1. Prepare, prepare, prepare.

Before your interview make sure you take the time to research your potential employers, using the company website, social media outlets, even stories in the press can give you some talking points when you are asked … So what do you know about us?

Glassdoor and other employee review sites are a great way to get a sense of the day-to-day working of the company especially if you are looking for an office-based position.

Most importantly read over your CV, this will be the starting point for most questions so remember what you have written down.

  1. Arrival time is key 

How long before your interview, should you arrive?

To early is a bit inconvenient you should remember your interviewer is extremely busy and has not even received the calendar reminder and depending on how early you are this could appear a bit to desperate.

If you are too late, clearly a no go and you have probably lost the job before your interview has started

If you just on time…well, sometimes that is too late

10 minutes before…perfect, the interviewer will have just seen their pop up reminder, shows you are punctual and gives you 10 mins to settle in reception, this is also a great opportunity to see the type of environment you could be working in, meet the front house staff and calm your nerves.

  1. During the interview

Follow the interviewer’s leads but try to get them to describe the position and duties early in the interview so you can relate your background and skills to the position.

Make sure you convey your good points factually and sincerely. Keep in mind that you alone can sell yourself to an interviewer. Make them realise why they need you in their organisation.

Maintain eye contact while having a conversation but try not to stare your interviewer down this just makes for an uncomfortable meeting and you could be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

Never ever, make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers, colleagues or companies, this just looks bad on your character. Even if you have, a serious grievance with your former boss your potential new one does not need to know the details.

  1. The waiting game begins..

After the interview has ended, you can finally breathe.

Follow instructions that haven been discussed in the interview, if you have made any promises to follow up with additional information, such as a link to your website, then  follow up with this quickly.

If the recruiter or interviewer suggested contacting them by email, do not call on the phone. However, if they say they will call you, you must wait and see consistent phone calls will annoy hiring managers and ruin your chances.

Even if you feel confident that you will get a job offer, continue looking at other opportunities. It is never wise to place too much importance on one job or one interview.

Nevertheless, if you are lucky enough to get a call back for a second round interview. Remember do not treat your second round causally prepare as well for the second interview as you did for the first.

At Stelfox our consultants can meet with you before your interview and answer any questions you may have about your interview, if you are interested in any of the live roles that we currently have here please contact us on [email protected] and we will be happy to help.

Alternatively, if you would like some more tips on how to ace your interview you can download our full guide here.