ABC of Job Interviews

A is for Arrival

Be polite to any member staff you meet, try to remember the names of your interviewers and if you’re asked about the ease of your journey, remember they really don’t want lengthy specifics.

B is for Body language

Everyone’s a body language expert nowadays but, unless you’re hyper-aware, you’ll find it hard to keep track of your own and each job interviewer’s subtle movements for more than a short while. Avoid the obvious errors, such as crossing your arms in front of you or slouching, but don’t try to analyze what the interviewers are doing – they’ve probably undergone their own body language training.

C is for Coins

Take enough money for a taxi fare in case your car doesn’t start or the bus breaks down.

D is for Dress

In order to show that you respect the interview process, aim for smart but comfortable even for jobs where casual dress is the norm. Sexism and conservatism isn’t unheard of so you may want to think about taking off facial jewelry, wearing subtle makeup (females) and covering up tattoos.

E is for Eye contact  

Try to maintain some eye contact with the interviewer when they’re asking a question, without concentrating so much on looking interested that you don’t hear what’s being asked. When you’re responding, accessing the relevant information from your brain makes it somewhat harder to keep eye contact without it looking unnatural.

F is for Feedback

If you don’t get the job, some employers will be happy to supply feedback if you ask. It can take ages for a final decision to be made so don’t start the phone call/email with “as I wasn’t successful, can I have feedback” – you might still be under consideration.

G is for Going

When your time’s up, it’s up. There’ll probably be the chance to ask questions but if the interviewers are glancing at their watches and starting to stand, that’s the cue to make your getaway.

H is for Handshake

Shake someone’s hand if offered but you’ll need to decide if it’s appropriate to make the first move. There’s no such thing as the perfect handshake, so aim to be guided by the other person. Musicians and surgeons, for instance, might appear to have a weak grip precisely because they need to protect their instrument (pun intended).