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Interview Tips

There is an enormous amount of advice and information we could give you about good interview techniques but there are certain things which are fundamental to help make a good impression – much of this is common sense but always worth repeating.

Preparation is Key

Top of our list has to be preparation – find out as much as you can about the company – good sources of information are:

  • The company’s website.
  • People you know who already work at the company.
  • Ask the company to send you one of their brochures.
  • The job description – if you are attending an interview arranged by Paramount Personnel, you will have already been given this.

Once the Interviewer arrives

  • Offer a firm handshake and, of course, SMILE!
  • In the interview room, ask where you should sit, unless of course it is obvious.
  • If you wish to remove your coat/jacket, ask first.
  • At this stage, accept a drink if you wish – we suggest a glass of water, rather than coffee.

 

During the interview, although we cannot anticipate all the questions you will be asked, the best advice we can give is to show enthusiasm.  You can do this by:

  • Asking questions (which you will already have prepared)
  • Letting the interviewer know that you have looked at their website or have seen their brochure.
  • Make sure you keep good eye contact with the Interviewer – but don’t stare!
  • Talk about your previous responsibilities and how they compare with the responsibilities of the job you are being interviewed for. Make comparisons with your skills and experience. Remember, you want this job and this should come across through your general demeanour and behaviour at the interview.

And finally, just a few don’ts…

  • When asked about previous employment, never make negative comments about the companies you have worked for – this is unprofessional.
  • Don’t make claims about your experience you cannot back up with examples.
  • Don’t talk too much – this may sound strange but judge how much to talk and how much to listen.  In other words, don’t ramble – answer questions succinctly and to the point, giving examples when appropriate.
  •  If you cannot answer a question, then say so – don’t try and bluff – you may come unstuck.
  • Please do not have a cigarette just before you go for your interview – the smell does linger!

There is so much information and advice we could pass on to you  – the above is really a start to prepare you for the first interview.

If you are attending an interview arranged by Paramount Personnel Services, interview advice is available to you as part of our service and commitment to you.