Thursday, September 24, 2009

Facing interview


  • Make sure you prepare for the interview by anticipating the questions and preparing your answers. dress appropriately and read your CV, application letter and take copies. Leave home in good time, check for any potential delays.
  • Try to arrive 5 minutes early and be pleasant with everyone you meet in the company when making your way to the interview room. They may feed back your performance to the interviewer. If you are late call and let them know and turn your mobile OFF before going into the interview

Make your entrance

  • Enter the room with confidence walking at a steady pace.
  • Make eye contact and smile. Smiling is important as it makes you seem personable and approachable and we all respond well to those who smile so its always a win-win situation.
  • Shake hands firm but friendly. Try to avoid the nervous limp lettuce hand shake which can suggest a weak character. Also avoid trying to almost break the interviewers hand which implies over-confidence and arrogance.
Be seated

  • When seated, do not fold your arms. Sit upright and confident in your chair, do not slouch or sit round shouldered. Do not fidget or become too animated. Its ok to engage the interviewer with some hand gestures but do not bang fists on tables or point etc.

Keep gestures friendly, open and honest.

  • If offered a drink, its probably better to decline, you may be nervous and spill it, or your hands may tremble etc.


  • Try to maintain good eye contact and only answer questions you are asked. Do not get an attack of verbal diarrhoea. Less is more in some cases! Refer to details you provided on your CV when they ask you questions and be prepared for trick questions where they may try to catch you out or just be testing your reactions.
  • Do not be rude or too personal about current or previous employers as this will reflect how you may be within their company should they hire you. They don't want someone who will bad mouth them when not at work.

(adapted from