CV & Interview Tips

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Interview Tips

Appearance matters

  • Dress to impress.
  • Wear only one earring in each ear.
  • Dress in a classic manner – a suit is always best.
  • Sensible shoes speak volumes; no open toes or trainers, please.
  • Girls – no bare legs in the summer.  It simply doesn’t look professional.
  • Boys – don’t wear amusing ties… they’re not!
  • No coloured contact lenses.
  • Bring a briefcase / document holder.
  • Leave overnight luggage behind the reception desk if you have travelled down to London for the interview. 

In an emergency

  • Phone ABL on 0207 092 3939 if you are running late!  We are open from 8am.
  • Ensure that you have full directions and know which tube is the nearest.
  • Take money for a taxi in case of tube delays.
  • Keep your mobile switched on until you get to the company.  There may be last minute changes you need to be aware of.

In Interview

  • Know the job, ensure that you have run through the finer details of the job specification with us so that you feel confident.
  • Be aware of set interview questions:
  • What do you know about the job? (Job title, key responsibilities, etc.)
  • Why do you think you are able to fill the role?
  • Always illustrate and give examples of where you have done similar work before.
  • Demonstrate key strengths you will bring to an organisation.
  • Always be positive of about your current / last employer.
  • Be relevant – examples must be in line with what client requires as per job spec.
  • Illustrate who you are – for example, if the client needs a detail-orientated person and you are, then say it: 
  • “I’m detail aware – for example, in my current role I check budgets, invoices and time sheets.”
  • Remember, help the interviewer VISUALISE you in that job.
  • Finally, tell the interviewer if you are keen on the job. It may be obvious to you but it is not always obvious to them!

Do your initial research

  • Look up the company you’re about to visit on the internet.
  • Do your research: have there been any recent developments (mergers etc.) that you need to be aware of.
  • Talk to colleagues or friends in the same or similar industries.
  • Ask your consultant what they know.
  • Dig out a company brochure, read up about the company philosophy, think about how you can demonstrate an understanding of the company’s values.

What NOT to do under any circumstances!

  • Chew gum during an interview.
  • Answer a ringing mobile phone (ensure it’s switched off!)
  • Criticise your last employer IN ANY WAY.
  • Look at your watch.
  • Take notes without the express permission of the interviewer.
  • Be overfamiliar.
  • Use the interviewer’s Christian name.