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Interview Skills


The Purpose of the Interview

For many candidates it's a struggle to even get to the Interview Stage. Because of the anticipation and excitement around actually getting an "interview", most will fail without the proper preparation.

When you're dealing with Building Recruitment, know that we have already done the background work for you by recommending you to our client. We have already put your best foot forward. But when it comes to closing the deal, your performance at the interview is all that matters.

Sometimes, a company may have already made up their mind when they received your information from us. So the interview is just a "confirmation of what they already know".

It’s normal to feel nervous before an interview because you want to do your best. Sometimes the interviewer is just as nervous to meet you. Both people have their expectations and you both want to meet those expectations. If you prepare and practice in advance by researching the company; the role; the industry; there is little chance of failure. 

In a technology driven world, we have Google and Social Media networks to assist us with our research into positions, companies, people and industries. 

It is important to be clear in your own mind about the skills involved in a role and then prepare yourself for any questions you may have regarding the role.

The interview is the opportunity to present and sell your skills and abilities; describing how you went about delivering your achievements.

Interview Do’s:

Before the interview:

  • Confirm the date, time and place of your interview and the name and title of the person who will be interviewing you.
  • Be prepared – research the company and the role you are being interviewed for. If you have been given a job description, make sure you are familiar with it.
  • Know yourself – be ready to discuss your strengths and limitations and ensure you can provide examples from your previous experiences. If you don’t have relevant work experience, explain how your life skills may help you meet the job requirements.

The day of the interview

  • Dress in conservative business attire. We recommend that body piercings and tattoos are not visible.
  • Avoid wearing too much cologne or perfume and avoid chewing gum during the interview.
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early.
  • Try to maintain good eye contact.
  • Try to appear relaxed but confident.
  • Think of questions to ask the employer. Examples:
    • Why has the role become available?
    • When would you be looking for the successful candidate to start?
    • What are the companies medium term goals, say over the next five years?
    • When you think of someone who has been successful in this role, what made them so effective?
    • Do you offer ongoing training to your employees and what does it consist of?
    • Are there good opportunities for career progression for top employees?
    • What do you think the company’s biggest challenge is going to be in the future?
    • What level of staff retention do you have?

At the end of the interview:

  • Ask what the next stage in the interview process is. 
  • Shake hands and thank them for their time.


Interviews Don’t's:

  • Don’t be late
  • Don’t dress too casually
  • Don’t portray over confidence
  • Don’t avoid eye contact as it can be perceived as nerves, lack of self-confidence or boredom.

Interview Skills Workshops

Building Recruitment can provide advice and industry specific workshops to assist with the interview and uncover the questions and situations specific to the position you’ve applied for. These include:

One-on-one or group workshops
Interview skills resources