Exercise 4.5 Ten tips for interviews 1 Start smiling before you get there – you don’t know who might notice you complaining in the car park or putting out a cigarette in the flower pot. 2 You may be interviewed by more than one person. Make sure you look and smile at all of them. 3 Wait until they ask you to sit down. 4 Sit comfortably in the chair but don’t slouch. (This can look as if you’re bored or don’t care). 5 Avoid any habits like playing with your hair or tapping your foot as these can be distracting. 6 Remain formal and polite – it helps concentration as well as giving a good impression. Speak slowly and loudly enough to be heard clearly. Look at the person who has asked you the question, but don’t forget to glance round at the others occasionally. 7 If you do not completely understand any of the questions, say so – don’t waffle. 8 Towards the end, you will be asked if you have any questions. Usually, they will also ask if there is anything further you wish to say. If they don’t ask and you know there are things you haven’t had the chance to tell them, say something like, “May I just mention one or two things?” Then, make them brief. 9 When the interview is over, collect your things together and leave with a smile for everyone, saying “Goodbye and thank you”, however badly you think it has gone. You may be surprised. Don’t blow it now! 10 Wait until you are well away from the place before you breathe a sigh of relief, or whatever else you do to unwind.
Informal learning for UNISON members facing redundancy