4 most important don’ts of a job interview

…Dress inappropriately

First impressions are everything. Following the wrong dress code could be enough to to write off your interview at first sight. For example if you’re interviewing for a job at a local council full interview attire would be expected. However going to work for a small design company for example, something more smart casual is likely appropriate. Over and under-dressing can leave a similar effect, however it’s always better to overdress then to under-dress. Don’t be afraid to ask what the dress code is.

…Be late

According to the Daily Mail, 96% of recruiters agree that time keeping is one of the most influential factors at an interview. Not being on time, is not an option. If you’re running late you might as well not bother turning up at all.

If you are running late (which will happen to all of  us eventually) you should always call and let them know.  It still doesn’t look great but it’s better to call and let them know that you expect to be late and the reason why.

…Smell

First impressions are very important, and going to an interview smelling of smoke, or having ‘coffee breath’ at an interview can be a huge turn off. Interviews are personal, people have to see themselves being able to work with you and most people wouldn’t want to work with someone that smells of something they don’t like.

Personal hygiene is very important. Going to an interview and smelling of sweat can leave an really bad impression, one of the first things people notice about you besides your appearance is how you smell.

The same applies if you wear too much perfume or aftershave.  Use these in moderation, don’t choke the interview panel with your perfume/aftershave it’s one more thing that can leave a really negative impression.

4 things you must do before your job interview

‘Fail to prepare, and you prepare to fail’. It’s a cliché, but there’s truth in it.

Before your job interview you need to make sure you prepare thoroughly. Even if you don’t end up securing the position, you can be safe in the knowledge you did your best.

Of course, every interview is unique, however, there are some general steps that apply to any application.

Research the Business and Interviewer

First and foremost you want to find out everything you can about the company in question. Take a chunk of time to explore their website, and get a feel of what they do, and where they stand within their industry.

This research will also help you decide whether it is the sort of company you could see yourself working for.

Make sure you visit their blog (if they have one) and check any existing mentions of the company online.

Review the Job Description and Responsibilities

It’s crucial that before your interview you get a good grasp of the job description and responsibilities.

With this in mind you’ll be able to discuss your most relevant skills and experience in the interview.

Make sure you line up any questions about the role that you want to know to ask at the end of your interview.

Practice Common Interview Questions

Search the web for some common interview questions, and practice your answers.

You don’t want to be reading your answer off a script, but make sure you have an idea of what areas you’ll touch on if you’re asked a specific question.

Preparing yourself for common questions can be really handy in giving a smooth and confident response.

Brainstorm Industry Questions and Answers

Finally, before you go to your interview, you’ll want to brainstorm questions and answers that are more industry specific.

Grab a friend or family member to practice these questions, and you’ll go into the interview feeling confident.