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The Interview

We recommend candidates read through each of the sections below to help be as prepared as possible on the day. We have also put together some information for candidates to read through to help themselves prepare before the interview.

Presentation

The interviewer will expect to see your smartest, most professional side during this meeting. First impressions matter. Personality, firm handshake, smile, eye contact.

Punctuality

Be punctual, it is best to aim to arrive 15 minutes early. If you do find yourself unavoidably delayed, notify your consultant immediately giving the reason and your estimated time of arrival.

Conduct

Start every interview with a strong handshake and smile, and maintain a high level of eye contact throughout. Be alert, keen and enthusiastic. If more than one candidate is suitable for the job, it will often go the candidate who shows most interest in and desire to do the role in question.

Useful Hints

If, at any point, you begin to have reservations about the role/or the company, do not show it. You may later hear details, which revive your interest substantially, but your chance by then may have been lost. You can always turn down second interviews or job offers when you have had time to appraise them in the cold light of day.

It is best not to ask detailed questions about terms and conditions – these will be clarified by your consultant at the offer stage. If the interviewer opens a discussion on salary, indicate a range rather that a specific salary, so that your options remain open for negotiation at any subsequent interviews.

Closing Questions

We have put together some example Closing Questions on the Interview Questions & Answers page.

Interview Preparation

The Close

At the end of the interview, it is always polite to do the following:

  • Thank the interviewer for their time
  • Shake hands
  • Show eagerness
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