Our Interview Tips & Advice

At Arthur Edward we are really passionate about finding the perfect person their dream job, so we’ve prepared some interview tips that will get you ready to impress your new employer.

An interview should be a pleasure not a chore, for both parties. It should be a time for you to find out more about the company and the role you are applying for, and for the interviewer to find out about you and your suitability both for the company and the role.

You should always be yourself, but make sure it’s the very best version of you and don’t let your personal standards slip. Remember that you have control over what you do or do not say in an interview, so make sure you mention all the points you want to cover!

Listen very carefully and keep your answers on track. Do not waffle or meander away from the subject of the question. Try to back up any information with relevant examples. It is not enough to say “I am confident”, you need to illustrate an example that proves you are confident.

The most important thing is to be prepared.

Below are our Top 10 Interview Tips to help you succeed in your next job interview.

Fail to prepare and prepare to fail

Don’t just turn up; do your research, look on the web and in store at product, brand and competitors, prepare some questions, write them down in a list and tick them off as, and when, they get answered during the course of the interview.

Time keeping

If you are too early or late this creates a terrible first impression. This is an important meeting, so put some effort into it. Ideally arrive 10 minutes early and if you are running late, call.

Who, What, Where, When

Double check the address, time and names. Take them with you on the day as well as a telephone number. Be polite and courteous to the receptionist and anyone else you meet, everyone you meet might be asked for feedback.

Brag Pack

Take a copy of your CV and any other information that you want to show the interviewer. Build up a brag pack throughout your career, examples of work, letters of recommendation or thanks, sales figures, actual product, designs or product development or pack shots, anything that highlights your skills. Also always take paper, pen and a calculator, some tissues and a bottle of water.

The Morning After

Make sure you have a light meal, no highly spiced or garlic laden foods and no alcohol the night before or on the day of the interview and get a good night’s sleep. If you are offered a drink, take water, tea or coffee. Do not accept alcohol or cigarettes as this may give off the wrong impression and might relax you too much.

Handbags and Glad Rags

Smart business dress does not always mean a suit these days, try to do some research, what is the norm for that company. Prepare your clothes, polish your shoes and be smart but comfortable. Make sure you are spotlessly clean and tidy, especially finger nails and hair. Do not wear too much aftershave, fragrance or overpowering sports rubs. Brush your teeth, wear moderate make up and understated jewellery, nothing that could offend.

Handshakes

Practice your handshake and get it right. A limp handshake appears weak and disinterested, too firm and enthusiastic appears insincere and aggressive. It must be firm and confident, practice to get it right.

Eye Contact

Be positive and confident throughout the interview, smile and maintain eye contact. In group interviews do not exclude anyone, even if they do not ask any questions, address everyone and make eye contact with everyone.

Flattery and Egos

Even if you are unsure about the company and the position, appear keen and interested as well as focused about the direction of your career. Match the interviewer’s style and body language and get them talking about themselves and the business.

Close

An interview is a sales pitch and you are the product don’t forget to sell yourself and close the sale. Don’t leave questions unanswered ask if they have any concerns about your ability to fit in and do the job and cover them again. Round up the interview at the end by saying that you are keen, thank them for their time and clarify what happens next. If you require further interview tips and advice, please contact us here and our team of recruitment specialists will be happy to help in finding your next career.

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