First impression advice

In a first interview, an employer is looking for an individual who inspires confidence and has positive energy.

During this interview it is important to smile, offer a firm and confident handshake and maintain good eye contact. Remember that the interviewer is assessing not only if you can do the job, but how you will interact with other employees, suppliers and clients.

An employer has more than likely read your CV so when asked about yourself do not read it back to them. This is your opportunity to bring the pages to life, show them how and why you did certain things, elaborate with examples – this is your chance to shine!

First impression advice

Knowing your CV and popular questions

It is difficult to anticipate what questions you may be asked at interview, but you can prepare for the most commonly asked questions. Some of these include:

  • Tell me about yourself?
  • Why did you apply to this role?
  • What do you know about this company?
  • Why are your strengths /weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
  • What are your salary expectations?
  • What have you been doing since your last job?
  • Do you have any questions you would like to ask?

Tips you probably already know, but here’s a reminder

Don’t forget a copy of your CV, for you and the interviewer. An interviewer may refer to dates which can confuse the best of us if they were a long time ago, this shouldn’t cause you any stress if you have the information in front of you. Arrive 15 minutes early in anticipation of traffic problems or other unanticipated delays. Also, know where you’re going – if possible travel the route the day before. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
Dress professionally regardless of the perceived culture of the company. If you get the job then you can dress similarly to your colleagues.

Know the time and place of the interview and the interviewers full name and title!
Know and fully understand the job description of the position for which you are interviewing and company’s business overview.

Best of Luck, and feel free to contact one of our specialist recruitment consultants should you need any advice!