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The interview and follow up

  • Always think about your appearance and dress smartly for an interview. First impressions count for a lot so if at all in doubt, why risk offending and put your self immediately on the back foot. Even in companies with a relaxed day to day dress code, an interviewer is extremely unlikely to hold smart dress and a clean shave at interview against you.
  • Make sure you know exactly where you are going for the interview, how long it will take to you to get there and always build in extra time to allow for traffic problems. You should always arrive at least ten or fifteen minutes early. This will allow you to cool down and compose yourself before the interview. Should the worst happen and you find yourself running late, always call ahead to advise your recruitment consultant as soon you realise. They will then be able to inform your interviewer and apologise on your behalf.
  • A firm handshake, brief eye contact and a smile when you introduce yourself will help break the ice and make the following interview go smoother. Try not to be nervous; remember that the interviewer wants you to be the right person for the job.

At the end of the interview:

  • If you are interested in the company and position, be sure to let the interviewer know and see your enthusiasm before you leave.
  • It is also a good idea to ask the interviewer what the next steps in the process are and when they will be making a decision. This gives you a clearer idea of the timescales involved regarding feedback. It may also elicit a response from them on whether you are serious contender.
  • As soon as you have left the interview, you should call your recruitment consultant to feed back. They will want to know how well you thought the interview went before speaking with the client. Always be open and honest with them. If you feel the job is not for you, make sure they know this and explain why. If you are very keen or feel you are very well suited for the role, equally make sure they know this and tell them the reasons why. The consultant is representing you and it is therefore important for your prospects that they put forward your thoughts properly and clearly. Once they have spoken with the client, they will call you straight back to give you feedback.

Accepting a job offer:

If you are successful and are offered the job, don't be hurried into making a decision. A new job can be a life-changing choice, so make sure you are accepting it for the right reasons. Think about:

  • Whether the role will interest you
  • Whether any potential travel that may be involved is realistic for you
  • Whether the salary/package is acceptable to you
  • Whether you will get on with the team
  • Whether you feel the company will be good for you
  • Whether you think you can do a good job for them

If you decide to go ahead, let your recruitment consultant know straight away. You should ask to see the job offer in writing before handing in your notice with your current employer. If you would like advice on how to hand in your notice, don’t hesitate to ask us.

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