The Interview


  • Turn off your mobile or switch it to silent!
  • Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright in your chair. Look alert and interested at all times
  • If you’re asked if you would like a drink, settle for water. You never know if you might get a frog in your throat and a burning hot cup of coffee won’t help
  • Make sure that your good points come across to the interviewer in a factual, logical and sincere manner. Stress achievements
  • Give positive answers without any negatives attached
  • If you face a question which is a particularly tricky one, don't be afraid to take your time and think about your answer. One way to get more time is to ask the interviewer to repeat the question
  • Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role - but don’t look desperate. Keep your answers concise and don’t ramble
  • When the interviewer has finished asking you questions, demonstrate your knowledge and interest in their firm by asking a few appropriate questions
  • It looks good if they can see that you are pro-active and have bothered to find out information about them
  • Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job. Never close the door on an opportunity. It is better to be in a position where you can choose from a number of offers rather than only one


  • Be late. Ideally try to arrive 10 minutes early. Companies generally have corporate information in their reception area and this is a rich source of last minute memory-jogging information on the company
  • Smoke even if the employer smokes and offers you a cigarette
  • Chew gum or eat
  • Answer questions with just a simple "yes" or "no". Explain wherever possible but don't go off on a tangent
  • Waffle
  • Discuss personal information or make derogatory remarks about your existing employer
  • Be overbearing, overly aggressive, conceited, or leave the opinion that "you know it all"