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During the interview

First impressions are key, so make sure you arrive in plenty of time. The interviewer(s) will be considering how you dress, your body language and personality, not just your answers to their questions.

Read on for further advice and resources for the interview itself. For specific telephone and video interview resources, see here.

Get it right

  • Use positive body language – firm handshakes, smiling and making eye contact with the interviewer(s) will all help.
  • Make sure you are comfortable and relaxed before the interview starts, to avoid fidgeting. Breathing slowly and deeply can help to calm you beforehand.
  • Pay attention to the interviewer(s) and listen carefully to the questions. Ask for clarification if you are unsure whether you have understood correctly.
  • Structure your answers to ensure that you explain clearly the contribution you made or the actions you took in any examples you give. Make sure you have answered the question fully, and ask if the interviewer(s) would like more explanation if you are unsure.
  • Elaborate on your answers – avoid giving short ‘yes’ or ‘no’ responses, and allow your enthusiasm to come across.
  • Be enthusiastic and willing to express your point of view, where appropriate.

At the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. Remember this is a chance for you to find out about the organisation too, so take this opportunity to show your interest in the company. Avoid asking about the salary, annual leave or anything else that you could easily find out yourself. Instead, prepare one or two questions around the recruitment process (e.g. what are the next steps?), a recent news story, or the role itself (e.g. If I were to be offered the position, what projects might I be working on in the first few months?).

For further information, see the following:

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