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CV Writing. Interviewers will often have these documents and ask you about them. CV Tip!. Prepare by having a quick read-through. Handling Questions. Predict and prepare for questions Try not to answer ‘I don’t know’. Handling Questions. Run through basic questions with friends and family

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CV Writing

  • Interviewers will often have these documents and ask you about them

CV Tip!

  • Prepare by having a quick read-through

Handling Questions

  • Predict and prepare for questions

  • Try not to answer ‘I don’t know’

Handling Questions

  • Run through basic questions with friends and family

  • Avoid ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ answers

How long do you speak for?

  • don’t be too brief; give enough detail to be convincing

The Two Minute Rule

don’t speak for longer than two minutes in response to a question.

Asking questions back

  • Always try to ask something back

Asking questions back

  • Use the opportunity to learn more about responsibilities at a new job, any unknown elements of a course etc.

Interview Blunders

  • Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because it was a "private" conversation.

  • Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to the interviewer during a phone interview

  • When applicant was offered food before the interview he declined, saying that he didn't want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking.

  • A candidate for an accounting position said she was a "people person," not a "numbers person."

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Getting there

  • Do not trust public transport.

  • Aim to arrive on site 20 mins before expected.

Getting there

  • Walk in 10 mins early.

  • Call to double check time/date/place/parking and that the post has not been filled the day before.

How to give the right signals

  • Face

  • Eyes

  • Hands

  • Posture

Other Behaviour

  • Sitting

  • Language

  • Drinking

  • Smoking

Dress Code

  • Be conservative in your appearance.

  • Wear something that is comfortable.

Dress Code

  • Aim for a clean and smart look.

  • Office-wear usually works well.

Basic interview tipsDo…

  • think carefully about the impression you want to create

  • consider the image that’s appropriate to organisation


  • choose an outfit you’re comfortable in

  • take relevant information with you


  • report to reception in good time - give yourself a few minutes to gather yourself

Basic interview tipsDon’t

  • stay up to late the night before

  • overdo the curry, garlic or alcohol


  • grab the first outfit in the wardrobe

  • have a last minute cigarette on arrival

  • leave your mobile phone on


  • They are meeting you for the first time

  • Make a good impression


  • Be yourself

  • Smile


  • Get into pairs/threes

  • Role-play an interview

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