At Opus Vitae we have learnt a thing or two about job interviews during our many years working in recruitment.

We know many job seekers may not have had a face-to-face interview for some time, or perhaps after time spent working from home or being on furlough over the last 18 months, they feel a little out of practice navigating professional workplace meetings.

It doesn’t matter how solid your CV is, if you don’t present yourself well in an interview it could cost you a job.

This is your audition – to show what kind of person you are and if you are a good fit for the company.

Here are some basic dos and don’ts to bear in mind when attending interviews.

Be Prepared

You should attend every interview with a clear understanding of the business you are interviewing for – what they are called, what they do, where they operate and what their mission is.

All of this information will be available on their website and social channels so do your research.

Make a point of remembering the names of your interviewers – you could even look them up on LinkedIn before you meet them, so you understand their role in the company.

Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and write a list of questions you think they might ask:

  • Describe your experience
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Describe an example of how you overcame a challenge at work
  • Why are you leaving your current role?
  • What makes you suitable for the job?
  • And think of some questions to ask them at the end

Practice answering these questions – either to a mirror or to someone you know who will give you constructive feedback.

Remain professional

On the day of the interview dress professionally and be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early – you don’t want to keep them waiting.

Make sure your phone is off and out of sight, and be courteous to everyone you meet – you want to make a good impression on your future colleagues.

Remember this is a professional interview, not a causal chat. You should be yourself, but the best possible version! That means eye contact, sitting up straight and not using bad language.

Don’t focus on what the company can do for you, but what you can do for them. Be enthusiastic about that prospect and make sure you express all your relevant accomplishments.

Don’t ask about salary, bonuses, holiday entitlements and benefits at this point – that can wait until they make you an offer.

And definitely don’t talk negatively about former colleagues, workplaces or yourself – keep it positive and professional.

To apply for our available jobs head to the job listings page here.

Good luck with your interviews!