Interview Do & Dont
- Look your smartest and show your most professional side during the interview.
- A company is more likely to hire someone who is well presented and who will therefore best represent their company.
- Cover up any body Tatoo's, take out any body piercing's and keep jewellry to a minimum.
- Smell nice; ensure that you do not smell of body odour or cigarette smoke.
- Ensure you wear shoes with socks, no socks is a massive no no.
- Ensure a firm hand shake.
- Maintain eye contact at all times.
- It is very important to make sure you stop talking and listen when the other person is talking.
- Arrive on time.
- If you cannot attend your interview please be courteous and contact Health & Social Care Jobs so they can let the client know and avoid any unnecessary waiting about.
- Obtain clear directions for the location of the interview and plan your journey, allowing plenty of time to arrive.
- If you are unavoidably delayed notify Health & Social Care Jobs immediately giving the reason and your estimated time of arrival then we can contact the client.
During the interview
- Introduce yourself courteously and express yourself clearly.
- Find Common ground… ask about them. How long have they been with the company…
- Show tact, manners, courtesy, maturity at every opportunity.
- The ability to handle your nerves during an interview will come across as confidence in your ability to handle the job.
- Be prepared to show how your experience will benefit the company.
- Ask questions concerning the provider and the position for which you are being interviewed for. An interviewer will be impressed by an eager and inquisitive mind.
- Take time to think and construct your answers to questions to avoid rushing into a vague and senseless reply.
- Show willingness to start at the bottom and work your way up.
- Anticipate questions you're likely to be asked and have the answers prepared in advance. Uncertainty and disorganisation show the interviewer that you are unprepared and unclear what your goals are.
- Be assertive without being aggressive.
- Thank the interviewer for their time and ask what the next stage of their process will be.
- Be late for the interview. Lateness is a sign of irresponsibility or disorganisation and the employer could take it as what to expect for the future.
- Arrive unprepared for the interview.
- Talk too much !! Know when to keep quiet and listen and keep your answers short and to the point. Don't go off on tangents! Keep your answers relevant.
- Say unfavourable things about previous employers.
- Make excuses for failings.
- Give vague responses to questions.
- Show lack of career planning - no goals or purpose could convey the impression you're merely shopping around or only want the job for a short time.
- Show too much concern about rapid advancement. This commonly happens and is a major bug bear for employers interviewing.
- Over emphasise money. Your interviewing goal is to sell yourself to the interviewer and to get an offer of employment. Salary discussion is secondary and comes later.
- Show any reservations you may have about the role/company. You can always turn down second interviews and job offers after you have had time to appraise your concerns in the cold light of day.
- Demonstrate low moral standards.
- Express strong prejudices or any personal intolerance.
- Leave your mobile phone on during an interview.