Being well prepared will enable you to respond to interview questions confidently, accurately and succinctly.
Interviews can be a daunting task for any professional, regardless of their level of seniority or previous experience. It is however, your opportunity to gain an understanding of the role and organisation and sell your suitability to the position.
Invest time before an interview to research as much as possible about the company and interviewers. Our consultant will provide you with as much detail as possible, but online tools can often provide further insight. The more you know before your interview, the more confident you will feel and appear.
- Firstly, our consultant will provide advice and insights to ensure you are knowledgeable about the position being interviewed for.
- Research both the company and its industry sector to familiarise yourself with the operating environment. The degree of preparation speaks volumes about the interest level. In addition to increasing confidence, solid preparation will help give articulate answers and ask pertinent questions.
- Ensure that you are familiar with your CV, including academic and career achievements. We the assistance of our consultant give some thought as to how these can be tailored to the particular position that you are being interviewed for.
- A firm handshake, sustained eye contact, a warm smile, good posture and introducing yourself in a relaxed and confident manner will help set the tone of the interview.
- Always make a good first impression and your appearance and posture are extremely important.
- Whilst the interviewers set the agenda, it is important that you highlight your relevant skills, attributes and achievements during the course of the interview. Remember to focus on the positives, particularly about previous and current employers / managers.
- If more than one person is interviewing you, be sure to address all of the people in the room when you are answering questions, it is polite and professional to maintain eye contact with each person.
- Communicating information about yourself is your responsibility. It is not up to the interviewer to drag it out of you. Find opportunities in the interview to raise points that will highlight attributes you have which are relevant to the position.
- Prepare a list of achievements which will demonstrate to your interviewer your knowledge and personal characteristics
On successful completion of the interview, contact your consultant and they will provide feedback or take you through the next stage.
As soon as possible, write notes about what happened. If you are going to another interview in the same day, this is particularly important, because you don't want to confuse any details. This information will become crucial if you are invited back for a second interview.
Closing the Interview
If you are interested in the role, ask about the next interview stage if appropriate. If the interviewer offers you the job on the spot and you want it, accept it there and then. If you require further time to think it over, be tactful in saying so and qualify your reasons. Try and provide a definite date as to when you will provide an answer. Even if you have not decided if this is the job for you, the interviewer should be left with a positive impression – they should want to make you an offer even if you are not sure you would accept it. Don't forget to thank your interviewer/s!
After the interview it is essential that you call your recruitment consultant to provide feedback. One of the most important learning aspects of interviewing is the feedback that you will receive from your recruitment consultant after they have spoken to the interviewer, whether it is positive or negative. It is valuable for you to take this information on board to use for future interviews.