Interview Advice

Our role is not just to find the right job for you, but to help you succeed in your application. We offer advice and support on finding and achieving the right role for you.

Like so many other things in life,” fail to prepare and prepare to fail”.

1. Research - Get to know the place

Visit the prospective employer's website and browse through the "About Us," "Our Team" and "Treatments" sections. Discover what makes them tick. It is important that you know the name of the person who will be interviewing you, so make sure you have this noted down or you have got it from your Recruitment Consultant. It also means you can do some research on the interviewer if you have access to LinkedIn.

2. Leave yourself plenty of time to get there!

Check the address and route to your interview, and leave an extra half an hour for good measure, as there is nothing worse than arriving late and out of breath! Take your consultant’s or the company’s telephone number so if you do have travel problems you can let someone know.

3. Talk about your achievements. No one else will.

It is important to reflect on your career highlights before any interview to remind yourself of all the things that you have achieved throughout your career, no matter how long or short it may be. Generally, as a nation, we find it much easier to talk about things we are not so good at and find it harder to talk about things we are good at/have achieved so it’s good to remind yourself and talk about in a situation like this.

4. Pre-interview check

Before the interview, find out the name and title of every person you will be meeting. Memorise their names. Check you have your medical documents, certificates, qualifications and references if needed. Check your CV.

5. Appearance - Dress for the job!

Presentation is very important, especially in this industry. People decide whether they like the look of you before you even speak. So it’s crucial to ‘look the part’.

Avoid visual distractions such chipped nail polish, heavy make up, sheer fabrics, heavy ear rings, jewellery that jangles, overpowering fragrances and ensure your hair does not flop into your eyes or needs constantly pushing back as these will all send out the wrong impression!

NEVER WEAR JEANS OR CHEW GUM!

6. Courtesy –Make sure you switch your mobile off!

It is simple courtesy to switch off your mobile phone before an interview begins.

To have an interruption from a mobile which rings is inexcusable, and shows poor manners and you would be surprised at the amount of those who still leave them turned on!

7. During the interview- NEVER say anything negative about a past employer.

This is always taken as disloyalty even if true. It is better to say that you felt it was time to move on rather than to say you didn’t get on with those around you. It is the height of unprofessionalism to run down a previous employer and will always go against you.

8. Prepare something for when you are invited to ask questions.

Two questions is enough. Avoid discussing salary as this is best discussed with the recruitment consult beforehand or after any offer as they will try to negotiate the best deal on your behalf.

9. Look at your CV through another’s eyes:

Know your CV. Make sure you have gone over your CV again very carefully once you have been selected for an interview so that you are fully prepared. Your Recruitment Consultant may also have tidied it up a bit so it’s important to make sure you have a good look at how you have been presented to a company.

10. At the end of the interview thank the interviewer/s for seeing you and say that you are interested in the position offered - if you are!

Many candidates leave interviews too open-ended without showing their enthusiasm for the job.

Ask whether you will be hearing from them and when. This shows interest. If you are made a definite job offer, don’t say you will think about it, but accept there and then, which gives you time to consider it fully at leisure.

Remember that the next suitable interviewee may accept and take the job ‘on the spot’ if you appear undecided. You can always speak to your recruitment consultant and take advice. It is usual for HR departments to contact recruitment consultancies direct with feedback so don’t forget to call your consultant later that day or the next morning!