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Interview Do's and Don'ts

An interview will typically take an hour or two, yet these hours may be some of the most important in your working life. A first-rate interview may just land you your dream job as well as determine your career and financial status for the years ahead!           

A typical interview will consist of 4 key parts:

- Introduction phase
- The formal interview
- Information about the organisation
- Summary / Questions

Scroll down the page to read our tips, or click on these links to be taken to the relevant section.

- Pre-interview
- At interview
- Competency based interviews



What are employers looking for?

The fine details vary from position to position, but the main qualities sought by the majority of employers are:

- A genuine interest in the company and position
- High performance standards and quantifiable evidence of achievement
- Strong communication skills
- Stable work history
- Positive attitude



"Failure to prepare means preparing to fail".

The more information you are armed with the better the chances of your interview being a success, so do your homework.  Research will give you a good idea beforehand whether the company might be for you, and may also bring up questions to ask.

- Visit their web site to read up on the services they offer and where they are placed in the market. You'll also learn more about their company culture. If they have a company news or press release section this will provide additional information.
- Type their name into a search engine and see what comes up. In addition some search engines have a dedicated news section - this may bring up recent news stories
- Trade magazines (online/print) may also provide useful information


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