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“In interviews you often learn more about yourself than
the person learned about you." - William Shatner

Job Interviews in Birmingham

If you've got to the interview stage, congratulations - you have passed the first test! They are interested in you and are probably keen to fill the vacancy quickly...

7 Tips for a successful interview

  • Don't be late. Early is better. If necessary plan your route and check out what the parking is like. Turn up calm and relaxed - not flustered after a mad rush to find a car parking space.
  • Do your homework. Find out as much about the company as you can in advance of the interview. Visit their web site or try and get a copy of their brochure.
  • You may be asked to fill in an application form at the interview, so try and prepare some likely answers in advance. A lot of people complain about these forms - they just fill in some brief details and enclose their CV. Not a good idea.
  • Employers like you to show that you are keen and prepared to put a bit of effort in. Remember - from the moment you walk in to the reception you are on interview.
  • Be organised. Bring all the necessary certificates, references and your CV with you, neatly contained in a file. Interviewers are always impressed with an organised approach.
  • Be positive. Don't worry about the other interviewees; focus on doing the best you can.
  • Look smart. First impressions count.

Have you any questions?

  • Interviewers almost always ask you if you have any questions. The simplest answer is to ask for the job!
  • Enquire about starting dates too, but don't ask about salary, benefits package and holiday entitlements if they have already been stated in the advertisement.

The job offer

  • If it is a rejection, stay positive. Write back and thank the company for seeing you; it creates a good impression and might keep the door open for future vacancies.
  • Sometimes employers make offers to other applicants and they do not start. They might decide to re-interview you.
  • If it's an offer - well done, you've got the job!
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
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He who does not economise will have to agonise.
A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
Time is money.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
In interviews you often learn more about yourself than the person learned about you.
William Shatner
William Shatner
Honesty is the best policy when there is money in it.
Thomas Jefferson