Do you have an upcoming interview, but unsure of how to put your best foot forward?
Our wealth of experience in recruitment has allowed us to collate some top tips:
Be proactive - always do your research on the company and the vacancy as it will demonstrate your organisation skills and your interest in the role.
Prepare your answers – depending on whether the interview is competency or strengths based; it’s best to have a few examples ready to highlight your particular skill sets e.g. communication skills, problem solving or dealing with conflict. Practise structuring your answers to ensure that you have provided a full response - the most common format would be STAR (explaining the situation, the task you had, the action you undertook to highlight the required strength and the positive result it had).
From our perspective, it's an added bonus when candidates take a pen/notebook, photo ID and a copy of your CV. It just shows the employer that you’re able to organise yourself efficiently.
Of course, if you are being submitted over to a client by us, we will help to prepare you accordingly and advise what is to be expected.
The day has arrived - now what?
Know where you're going? Always check your destination and route before hand so to ensure good timekeeping.
Arriving to your interview may be the very first impression you will make to your employer and will affirm your ability to be punctual and reliable. We advise that you arrive ideally 10 minutes early and turn your phone off/on silent. If you're running late for any reason, we recommend giving the recruitment agency or the employer a phone call to let them know straight away. Also note that being too early can also be problematic as it could disrupt the hirer's diary/schedule and can suggest you have an issue with time management.
Don't bring anybody else but yourself. Interviews can be daunting and get the old nerves rattling, but you should be the only person arriving for that interview. Bringing someone in suggests you might not have the maturity for the role.
Your interactions with the other members of staff whilst you wait for your interview may also have a great impact. Feedback from those who greet you could be sought by the hiring manager and may be taken into consideration whilst they make a decision.
Reflect a positive attitude through your body language, good eye contact and enthusiasm for the role; answer your questions coherently and concisely (this is where your preparation will help). The employer is likely to have other candidates to interview, therefore you want to make sure you stand out for the right reasons.
Asking Questions – Having questions for your interviewer can be a good thing – go over the job specification and see if you can identify areas where you would like them to go into further detail. This will show that you have done your research and also give you another opportunity to let them know why you are the right person for the job.
Interview decisions can take a few days, but if you haven’t heard after that time, do follow-up with the consultant (if applied via an agency) or hirer and ask for feedback. It's valuable to discover any areas for improvement that can be utilised for the future.
Want to put this advice to good use? Contact us to speak with one of our consultants and discuss your experience and availability.