At Big Wave Digital media recruitment, we are always on hand to provide you with as much advice as possible to ensure that you can nail the interview and get the job you really want.
By engaging with our candidates before and after every interview we have been able to build up a wealth of knowledge when it comes to what to do and what not to do when it comes to interviews. The following are some interview tips that will help you pass the interview stages with flying colours!
- Research the company you are interviewing with in depth. Learn about their business, their services, clients and competitors.
- Prepare a question or two for when you are inevitably asked if you have any questions for the interviewer.
- Prepare for the obvious questions that are asked in most interviews (strengths, weaknesses etc.)….
- …And prepare for the curve balls too. If a question comes at you from left field, it is perfectly acceptable to acknowledge the question as a great one and request a few seconds to think of the answer.
- Know your CV inside out including exact job titles and dates.
- Dress professionally. If in doubt, ask your recruiter who will be able to advise you as to what the culture and general dress code of the interview should be.
- If applicable, ensure you bring any relevant documentation or information with you such as a portfolio. In the case of electronic portfolios, ask your recruitment agent if the interview location has a computer you may use for the purpose of displaying your portfolio or if you could bring a laptop with you for use during the interview.
- Arrive early….. but not too early. 15 minutes is generally acceptable.
- Treat everyone you meet with respect from the moment you enter the office.
- If circumstances conspire to make you late for your interview, contact your recruitment agent as soon as possible to inform them of the delay and your estimated time of arrival.
- On arrival, double check your appearance before entering the office.
- Shake every interviewer firmly by the hand…but no death grips!
- When an interview is being conducted by more than one person, address both interviewers when responding to questions and look both interviewers in the eye as you respond.
- Be positive and enthusiastic. Don’t complain about previous jobs being boring or how you hated your old boss.
- Never bring up salary expectations unless asked by the interviewer. Your recruitment agent will be able to give you the salary parameters before the interview stage and is on hand to handle any salary negotiations that may arise from a job offer.
- When the interviewer is speaking, never interrupt and listen carefully to every question before answering.
- Study the job description provided by your recruitment agent and prepare any questions you may have about the job itself before hand.
- Avoid yes and no answers where possible – try to elaborate on your answers and always ensure you answer the question that you were asked.
- When the interview is over thank the interviewer for their time and offer a firm hand shake.
- Contact your recruitment agent immediately after leaving the interview with your feeback.
- Under no circumstances should you contact the interviewer after the interview.