Interviews: What not to do (video transcript)

Congratulations! Your CV was a success and you've secured an interview.

You may not know what to expect during this stage, so here are four tips to avoid these common mistakes during the interview process.

Don't wing it.

Familiarise yourself further with the company and identify the skills and attributes required for the role. You can then think about examples of your past experiences which best showcase these skills and be prepared for any questions the interviewer may have.

It's also a good idea to know the route to the interview location before you go.

Make a contingency plan for your journey in case of travel difficulties and of course, if you're going to be late always let the interviewer know.

Don't dress unprofessionally.

A suit is not always necessary for all interviews.

A more fitting approach is to research the company culture and dress in a manner that is consistent with it.

If in doubt, however, it's best to be more formally dressed.

Don't make a bad impression.

Body language is a powerful tool in communicating confidence.

Standing tall, smiling and using open gestures signals self-assurance.

Arriving early will give you time to introduce yourself to other employees, which goes a long way in leaving a lasting impression before the interview has even begun.

Don't come empty-handed.

It is always a good idea to bring your CV, passport and, if necessary, any examples of your work.

Remember that an interview is a two-way process so prepare some questions beforehand to help you make an informed decision about whether it is the right place for you.

Remember to use 'Interview Stream', our online video interviewing tool, to improve your interview technique and calm your nerves.

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