Advice and Tips

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Making a good first impression is crucial in an interview and isn’t as easy as you may think.  If you are a good employee chances are you won’t have attended that many interviews, so please find some key tips below on how to help make a lasting and positive impression.

General tips

  • 93% of the first impressions are on the personal packaging (CV and appearance), 7% is left for the words we use.
  • Never be late.
  • Know the location.
  • Read the job specification (also take a copy with you).
  • Research the company – get a brochure, view website.
  • Know about their products and/or services/markets they target.
  • Communication skills are ranked higher than qualifications – listen and don’t waffle!
  • An interview is a two way process – have questions ready to ask and written down.
  • Take it seriously – this 30 minutes may determine the course of your life.
  • Practice with a friend or family member beforehand.
  • An interviewer is a skilled professional and they know what they are looking for, try and address the clients problems and tell them how you will solve them.


  • Act like you are determined to get the job.
  • Be positive and confident.
  • Fill out forms carefully and neatly.
  • Shake hands.
  • Don’t sit down until asked.
  • Look interviewer in the eye.
  • Be factual.
  • Be sincere.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Speak positively about reason to move on from current job.
  • Be clear and to the point.
  • Turn your phone off!


  • Wear a suit and tie (males) or smart business attire (females).
  • Shave (males).
  • Polish shoes.
  • Ties – reflect your personality, choose wisely!
  • No earrings or jewellery (males).
  • No chewing gum.
  • Take a briefcase to store documents.

Good questions to ask

  • Reason for vacancy?
  • A detailed job description?
  • Training?
  • Expansion plans?
  • For a tour of the office?
  • Career progression?

Be prepared to answer

  • Why work for us?
  • Why leave your current role?
  • Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
  • Achievements to date?
  • What have you learned from your last job?
  • How could you benefit us?
  • Personal life?
  • Strengths?
  • Weaknesses?
  • How would people describe you?
  • How do you cope with pressure?
  • Who their competitors are

Do Not’s

  • Don’t be over-aggressive.
  • Ask about benefits and holiday.
  • Waffle too much.
  • Be nervous.
  • Be evasive.
  • Criticise.
  • Look at the floor.
  • Have a limp handshake.
  • Never criticise current/last employer.

Finish with a close

  • Request feedback.
  • Ask about the next stage at end of meeting.
  • Accept any offer on the spot or be tactful and give a date for a decision.
  • Shake their hand and thank them for their time.
  • Call agent immediately after.

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