8 Key Things to do Before, During and After your Interview

A job interview can be daunting even for the most experienced candidates. Everyone needs to be well prepare to handle an interview to be able to keep up with the competition.

However, bear in mind you have made it past the CV overview so the employer already knows that you are capable for the job. They have learnt about your accomplishments from your CV; now it's time to show them your personality and how you handle yourself in a professional environment.

Here are few tips you can follow to crack your interview in first attempt.

1. Research the Company and Interviewer

This is an essential first step for preparing for your interview. Go through their website, editorials and annual reports. Read up on their ongoing projects, future plans and ultimate goals.

Try to figure out the size of company, how many employees they have and what kind of work environment they offer. You’ll use this information to demonstrate your knowledge of the company during the interview. If you know the names your interviewers beforehand, look at their social media profiles. You will feel more confident once you have a face to the name.

2. Prepare your Questions

Once you have researched the company, generate a list of questions that may be asked by the interviewer. Practice your responses. This will help ease your nerves when it’s time for the real thing.

Next, prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer. Ask about the role expectations, the culture, growth opportunities– anything that will give you a clearer picture of what it would be like to work for this organization. Asking questions shows you’re not only engaged in the interview, but interested and already thinking about your future with this company.

3. Know Every Bit of your CV – Know your Strengths and Weaknesses

Your CV is all the interviewer has to go by in order to get to know you. They may pick things out from it and ask you to elaborate so make sure you know it inside out. It is also vital that you know your strengths and weaknesses because you should compare them to the job description.

4. Eat Something

Too many candidates make the mistake of not eating before interviewing and suffer from a lack of attentiveness as a result. Before you go into the interview, eat a meal that contains vitamin E, omega 3 and antioxidants. This will improve brain functionality and help you stay alert.

 5. Be On Time

Arriving 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled interview is acceptable. Arriving early sets the tone that you are a professional and will be reliable if offered the position.

Interviews begin the moment the candidate enters the building and ends when they leave. It has been known that the interviewer may ask a secretary or receptionist for their impressions of the candidate.

6. Body Language

It is important to be aware of nonverbal impressions such as your handshake, eye contact and eye movement, posture, and facial and hand expressions. A sizeable percentage of what we communicate comes via body language.

Eye Contact

Maintain good eye contact throughout the interview. It’s OK to look away occasionally, but, for the most part, eye contact should be steady. It shows confidence and inspires trust in all that you say.


When you are feeling stressed, a smile usually relaxes your face, which usually helps you to relax overall. An introductory or occasional smile shows that you are enjoying the conversation, and it adds to your confidence factor.


Sit up straight with your shoulders back and your feet firmly planted on the ground. It’s fine to cross your legs if you feel more comfortable doing so, but avoid looking too relaxed. You should be poised and fully focused on the interviewer, ensuring that you answer all questions to the best of your ability.

7. Leaving the Interview

At the conclusion of the interview, thank the interviewer for his/her time and find out what the next step will be. Once you have left the building and your interview is over, your next step will be to contact your recruiter to discuss the potential opportunity of moving forward in the process. 

8. The Follow Up – Thank You Notes

Wondering what to say in a thank you note? Or whether they really matter? Some people say they don’t matter. Others say they are essential to getting that job offer. 

Thank the interviewer for the opportunity, remind the interviewer of the qualities you would bring to this position, and address any concerns or issues that surfaced during the interview. This is another chance for you to sell yourself.

Our consultants have been highly trained to assist candidates in their job search and we are always at hand to give advice on the current job market. If you would like assistance with your CV, interview preparation or just simply hear about market intelligence, please contact us at Paragon on 01 874 6770.