It’s okay to use your hands to emphasise things when you are talking as long as you don’t overdo it. Talk clearly and at a measured pace, avoiding speeding up if you get excited about something. Never get into negative waters. For example, if you are asked why you left a job and you know it was because you didn’t get on with your boss, don’t say this. Talk about the positives of the position and infer that you wanted to move on to experience new challenges. Prevent yourself from interrupting the interviewer or talking over them, no matter how enthusiastic you are about the role.
Once the interview is over, it’s fairly sure that the person sitting behind the desk will ask you if you have any questions. Even if you don’t, never say no. This might make it appear that you are slightly disinterested or haven’t done any homework. Don’t immediately zone in on asking how much the salary is but show your interest; even if you only ask one question, make it a good one, such as, “How would you describe the company culture?” or “What would a typical day be like in this role?”
If you do well and get through to the final interview, you may want to ask if you can see the office and some of the people you would be working with. This is when salary and any benefits should be discussed so if the employer doesn’t mention it, it is acceptable for you to do so. Be tactful, beginning by showing your interest in the position and talking about the strengths that you would contribute and the specifics that you could bring to the table. The employer needs to understand that you are interested in much more than the money.
We can help
No matter the type of job interview that you have coming up, stay calm. You can talk to the team at CMD Recruitment if you need specific assistance. Whilst this job interview is important, don’t let the value of it weigh you down. Try and approach it as a win-win experience where you have as much to give as the employer. We have helped plenty of job hunters in the past with interviews, so always feel free to get in touch. We’re here to help.