Knowing Where The Start Line Is In An Interview

 In Interviewing Strategies

Knowing Where The Start Line Is In An InterviewWhen going to a job interview, what you notice about the interviewers and your surroundings, and how you use that to adapt your behaviour and conduct yourself accordingly can help you to land the job. We don’t always realise the intricacies involved in this and so we have put together a top 10 checklist for you to think about and do whilst attending that all important job interview. You may also want to take a look at our How to Ace the Interview eBook and explore our Career Ignition Club for more useful tips and resources to ensure that you get the job you want.

1. Make Eye Contact

Look into the eyes of the people interviewing you when you first meet them. Be open and strong and courageous in that eye contact.

2. Offer Your Hand

Follow up the eye contact with a firm handshake and a smile. Make sure that the handshake is neither a limp fish nor a bone crusher!

3. Look at Image

When you get into the interview room, take a look at what everybody’s wearing. Are they wearing suits and ties? If they are, are they keeping their jackets on to stay formal? If they take their jackets off, so can you.

4. Check Their Papers

Look at what papers the interviewers have brought in with them. This should be easy to do if they’re on the table or desk in front of you. What does it tell you about their level of preparedness? If they have loads of papers and files with them and spend ages trying to find relevant bits, they look like they don’t know what to say without referring to a document. If they’ve done their homework on you and don’t need to keep referring to their files just to hold a conversation with you, this is much more impressive.

5. Consider Body Language

Be sure that you use body language that is appealing to the interviewers and shows that you’re really interested in the interview and the job. For example, leave your arms unfolded to avoid creating a barrier between you and whoever’s talking to you.

6. Give Clear Messages

At some point early on in the interview, you’re going to get a chance to say who you are and what you want. Give out a clear message on both counts based on your personal brand and elevator pitch. Sum up where you’ve been, what you’re doing now, what your aim is in going for the job and what value you’ll be able to add to the company.

7. Edit Yourself

Although it’s important to get your message across and represent yourself well, don’t be too dominant in an interview. An interview, like any conversation is a two-way thing. No one wants to be talked at. You need to make a decision about what is useful to share and what you can afford to keep to yourself or hold back for a further meeting or assessment session.

8. Listen Carefully

Listen not only to the questions you’re asked but also to what the interviewers tell you about the organization and the job. You may pick up on useful information that prompts you to think of things that hadn’t occurred to you hitherto, making you think of things to tell or ask the interviewers.

9. Ask Questions

This is not just their chance to assess you but also your chance to assess them. You’re there to find out if you want to work for this company just as much as they’re there to find out if they want to hire you. Up to now you’ve given them quite a lot of information about you. Be sure, before the interview ends, to ask all the questions you want to ask about the organization and the role.

10.  Get Their Details

At the end of the interview, ask each interviewer for their contact details. This will allow you to follow up post-interview by posting thank you notes or sending an email with any information you forgot to offer in the interview.

By Position Ignition ( and the Career Ignition Club (, the UK’s leading career change and career development company and platform. Also the author of 125 LinkedIn Job Search Tips ( Follow @PosIgnition for more help with your career challenges.

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