Prepare for the interview by knowing the job description and be ready to speak to it. Think of concrete, situational examples to illustrate your skill set.
Watch yourself speak in a mirror and rehearse; make sure your good posture and eye contact remains steady as you articulate your answers.
Dress professionally and be well groomed to make a good first impression.
Always bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Do not park in the client’s driveway unless instructed, and make sure to arrive at the precise time of the interview, never early or late.
Make sure your phone is turned off before entering, and be ready to shake hands.
Address the interviewer or client by title and surname only, i.e. Ms. Smith.
If the interview is conducted at the client’s home, take off your shoes at the door unless instructed otherwise. Bring an indoor pair of shoes to change into. This courtesy is a polite and respectful gesture that will be noted by the client.
Feel free to ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase a question you don’t understand. Don’t try to guess what they are asking and risk answering an unrelated question – this looks bad!
Don’t talk about salary or benefits during the first interview; only at the stage where the client has decided to extend an offer of employment does a salary negotiation begin.
Do ask one or two questions about the particulars of the job to show interest.
Send a thank you note or email within 24 hours of the interview.
“Stay Professional And You Will Never Go Wrong!”
Charles MacPherson Placement