Tips about interviews from a recruiter!

When the dreaded ‘I’ word comes around most individuals immediately start becoming nervous. This is because a job interview to most individuals is the equivalent to the FA Cup final for the underdog, it’s most likely going to be one of the most nerve racking times of your life. Your going to be bombarded with random and sometimes ‘pretty out there’ questions, whats not to be nervous about.

However, there are certain things that you can do before heading into an interview room, to make yourself feel a little more confident upon walking into the interview room. So read on to see our top recruiter advice of what the do’s and don’ts for your interviews…

Number 1 Rule is to make sure you turn your phone off (or at the very least make sure you stick it on do not disturb). We all understand that it is important to have your mobile phone with you in this day and age as a lot of people now have them double us as their sat nav, however there is nothing worse then your mum ringing you up to make sure you got something out for dinner. Or your best mate trying to catch up with you about what you did the night before when you’d had a few drinks too many…

Number 2 Rule leads on from my first point, if you know you have an interview coming up make sure you don’t plan a mid-week heavy night out with your friends. The best thing to do is make sure you have a good dinner, followed by a good nights sleep. This means you’ve made sure that you have had plenty of rest before you put your body under stress. Meaning you should be more alert throughout the entire interview.

Number 3 Rule try not to fiddle. I’m talking hair, rings, necklaces, or perched sunglasses! Not only is it distracting you from the overall interview, it is also most off putting for the interviewee. Remember this is most likely going to be your first face to face meeting – 1st impressions count – you don’t want to be remembered as the ‘annoying hair flicking girl’ or the ‘drifting sun glass guy’…

Number 4 Rule if your going to have a smell that lingers on your person then make sure that it’s not too overpowering. I’m talking about either a smoke or perfume. Both of these smells can sometimes be a little overpowering, and again, first impressions count! So just before adding an extra spray, or lighting up just before you head into the companies building ask yourself “What does this smell say about me as a person?”

Number 5 Rule if you have never been to the company before maybe head onto google maps and see where the best places to park. This means that you can plan your interview more specifically and your not getting their late, or even worrying about getting a parking fine because you’ve had to abandon the car.


Number 6 Rule make sure you pick out an appropriate attire! As I have kept saying, your first impression counts, so make sure that you use it to the best of your ability. Think about it logically, make sure you make them think “We really need this person to work for us” as soon as they meet you!

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