MCS Group | Specialist Recruitment Consultancy in Belfast, Northern Ireland | Recruitment

Below are some tips not only on how to impress but also, importantly, what to avoid during the process.

You are being interviewed because the interviewer wants to fill a vacancy. However, it is important to remember that you are being assessed throughout the entire interaction that takes place, not just the answers you give. Below are some tips not only on how to impress but also, importantly, what to avoid during the process.


  • Arrive a few minutes early. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
  • Dress to impress! Offer a firm handshake with direct eye contact.
  • Fill out any forms you’re presented with neatly and completely.
  • Use the interviewer’s names throughout the interview. You will reinforce the message that you interested in being there!
  • Wait until offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, and look alert and interested at all times. Be a good listener as well as a good talker – smile.
  • Look a prospective employer in the eye when conversing with them.
  • Follow the interviewer’s leads but try to obtain any additional clarity you require on the details of the position and duties expected early in the interview, so that you can effectively relate your appropriate background and skills.
  • Make sure that your strengths are presented to the interviewer in a factual and sincere manner. It’s important to remember that you should sell yourself and make the interviewer aware of the potential benefits that you can offer to the organisation.
  • Conduct yourself at all times as if you’re determined to get the job you’re discussing, even if you’re unsure if it’s really for you. One purpose of the interview is for you to find out more and make that decision with better information. Never close the door on an opportunity. It’s better to be in the position where you can choose from a number of jobs, rather than only one.


  • Don’t answer questions with a simple yes or no. Explain whenever possible and describe those things about yourself which relate to the position.
  • Don’t lie. Answer questions truthfully, frankly and to the point at all times.
  • Don’t make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers.
  • Don’t ramble or over answer questions. Be careful with questions that can be controversial, trying not to say more than is necessary.
  • Don’t enquire about salary, holidays or bonuses at the initial interview, unless you are certain the interviewer is interested in hiring you. However, you should be aware of your market value and be prepared to specify your required salary or range.

Other Negative Factors to Watch for!

During the course of an interview, your negative factors, in addition to your positive attributes, will be evaluated. Listed below are those that are most likely to lead to rejection. Avoid at all costs….

  • Poor personal appearance or hygiene.
  • An overbearing, aggressive or conceited attitude.
  • Inability to clearly express thoughts, poor grammar and diction.
  • Inability to listen and answer the question asked. - Lack of planning for career.
  • Lack of interest and enthusiasm.
  • Lack of confidence.
  • Over-emphasis on money.
  • Making excuses for unfavourable factors in your record.
  • Lack of tact, maturity and courtesy.
  • Failure to look the interviewer in the eye.
  • Limp handshake. - Failure to ask good questions about the job and company.
  • Overall lack of preparation.