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3 Dos and 3 Don’ts in an Interview Part 2

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3 Dos and 3 Don’ts in an Interview Part 2

There are a few things about interview conduct that you should know. It is very easy for you to overlook some of these. This article provides you with quick and helpful guide. This is not an exhaustive list. How many of these do you know already? 

Dos

1. Treat everyone you meet in the company as a potential interviewer  

It is easy for you to think the interview starts when you meet the interviewer. It begins the moment you walk through the office door. Every person you meet from that point on can provide feedback that will affect your chances of landing the job. If you’re not in the habit of being polite to everyone you meet (you should be), then remember to make the effort.    

2. Explain why you would do something in a certain way 

When given a scenario-based question it is good to explain why you’d take an action. By taking the extra effort to explain why, you give an insight into your reasoning. Even if the action isn’t exactly what the interviewer expected, the reasoning behind it might be something they hoped you’d demonstrate when they asked the question. 

3. Thank the interviewers for their time. After the interview it can’t hurt to get a thank you message to them, restating why you think you can be an asset to the company. 

Taking the extra effort sets you apart from the crowd. It also gives you a chance to remind them why you’d make a great hire. People who interview multiple candidates can sometimes find it hard to remember specifics. It won’t hurt your chances to remind them what they may have liked about you.    

Don’ts

1. Do not fidget during the interview

You may be nervous during the interview. You need to resist the urge to fidget. Fidgeting might distract your interviewers. You want them to listen to what you say, not watch you fidget. Aside from that it makes you look nervous. Interviewers understand you might be nervous but if you seem a lot more nervous than other candidates, you’re hurting your chances.       

2. Do not avoid eye contact

If you cannot make eye contact with your interviewers, you are already failing the interview. People associate looking away with guilt and other shifty behaviour. It’s difficult to trust someone who won’t make eye contact.   

3. Do not guess when answering questions 

If you’re asked a question and you don’t know the answer, say so. It’s better to say you’re not sure but you know how to find out than to guess. If you guess and get it wrong, you’ve not only shown you don’t know. You have shown you’re happy pretending to know something you don’t. You’ve essentially shown you are happy to lie when you think it’ll benefit you. Not a great quality in an employee.      

Conclusion

These are a few things that will help you increase your chances of acing that interview. One of these might be the difference between failure and success. It’s your responsibility to stack the odds in your favour. Are there any dos and don’ts you would add? Share your opinions with us and help someone out.    

If you would like to discuss this further or have questions related to IT Recruitment in London contact us on hello@sapientrecruitment.co.uk. You can also call 020 7566 1199 or visit our site and arrange a call-back www.sapientrecruitment.co.uk/contact  

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