No two interviewers have the same style, let them take control of the flow but ensure that you display honesty, enthusiasm and warmth.
During the interview, you will be assessed on your strengths and weaknesses. In addition to this, specific personal characteristics will be probed, such as attitude, aptitude, stability, motivation and maturity.
After the interviewer has asked about your previous experience, specific skills and competencies and delved into your strengths and weaknesses, it is then opportune to talk about the specific role.
Ensure that you have a number of well thought out and relevant questions to ask about the role.
Is this a newly created position?
Why has the position become available?
How would you describe the corporate culture?
What are the company’s plans for future development?
Is there an induction or training programme for new recruits?
What is the next step?
Do not initiate discussions on remuneration at the first interview stage, however be open and honest if asked.
When dealing with interview panels maintain eye contact with all equally, even if one individual is doing the majority of the talking.
This is a good time to reiterate any strengths/experience that you feel would add to your candidature for the role.
If you are interested in the position enquire about the next interview stage.
If the interviewer offers the position to you and you want it, be prepared to accept it there and then, although this is more typical for contract and temporary roles. If you wish for some time to think it over, be tactful and courteous in asking for that time.
Leave the interviewer with a good final impression, smile and give a firm handshake. Do not make the mistake of relaxing too early and undoing all your previous hard work