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Interview Dos and Don'ts

You will make an impression in the first few minutes. It takes this time for people to assess you and store this information. Once you have made a first impression, it's hardly ever changed. It's therefore important to make a good first impression.

Here are some general tips which may help you:


  • Switch off your mobile phone
  • Enter the room confidently and obtain eye contact with the interviewer
  • Shake hands firmly and introduce yourself
  • Be polite & friendly, and smile
  • Try to maintain eye contact with the person or people you are talking to
  • Look interested and ask questions as well as answering them
  • Answer questions as fully as you can, however, don't waffle - be concise, and avoid saying just yes or no unless the situation absolutely dictates a yes or no answer
  • Provide examples to prove your skills and achievements
  • Tell the truth
  • If you don't understand a question, ask for clarification
  • Speak clearly
  • Sell yourself - get your good points across and be positive
  • Ask if it's OK to take notes if that's what you would like to do, although don't let note taking detract from your eye contact and concentration on what's being said
  • Take along a spare copy of your CV
  • Think before you answer - it's OK to pause and give thought before you speak
  • Have some pre-prepared questions in mind or written down to ask at the end of the interview, however don't ask a question if it has already been covered during the interview just because it was one of your pre-prepared questions!
  • Thank the interviewer for their time at the end of the interview, reinforce your interest in the role and ask what the next stage will be
  • Call your Consultant at North Oak Recruitment after the interview with your feedback


  • Sit down until the interviewer invites you to
  • Fidget, slouch or fold your arms
  • Swear (even mildly), or use slang
  • Criticise your past employers
  • Interrupt
  • Draw undue attention to your weaknesses
  • Lie, embellish or be too over enthusiastic, stay calm and stick to the facts
  • Ask about pay and benefits

Remember, most interviewers like people who

  • Listen
  • Answer questions with examples
  • Are brief and keep to the point
  • Come prepared
  • Appear confident
 North Oak Recruitment have worked very hard to find me a position.  Angela has been friendly and professional, she listened to what I was looking for and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a new job. 
Sharon M.
 Angela is second to non in her knowledge of the financial services industry across the Midlands.  Having been made redundant I was feeling unsure about my future but Angela was very reassuring and quickly got to work for me.  Within 3 weeks, I had the perfect role and I can't recommend Angela highly enough - Thank You!
Kate M.