If you have got yourself an interview with a leading graduate recruiter, it's not enough to have a sparkling CV and all the key facts about the company and the role you are applying for at your fingertips. You will also need to know how to conduct yourself correctly to ensure you make a good impression. Here are some tips to behave in an interview.
Be on time
If you will be late, show that you are respectful of the interviewer's time. Call to say when you'll be arriving.
Greet the interviewer correctly
Your greeting is likely to be your first face-to-face contact with your interviewer, so it's vital that you get it right.
If you arrive dressed too casually or too formally, the situation can be uncomfortable for both you and the person interviewing you.
Style your hair neatly
What to do with your hair is a concern for both men and women, as how it looks can say a lot about your personality. Men should avoid using so much hair product that you look flammable. Excessive gel or wax can make you look unprofessional. Women that their hair should be brushed and under control. If you have long hair, it should be tied back or better still, cut.
In most interviews you'll almost certainly be seated on a chair facing the interviewer. You want to position yourself so that you look attentive but can be comfortable for a lengthy period of time.
Keep all of your mobile and other electronic devices turned completely off. A phone set to vibrate will interrupt the meeting.
Leave a good impression
The biggest mistake you can make is to assume the interview is over and make the first move towards leaving. You should wait for a cue - when the interview is over, the interviewer will make it clear. You should then thank them for their time, proffer your hand and leave as quickly as possible, but without rushing or tripping over.