We have seen amazing qualified candidates faltering at interviews – thus lowering their success rate. We have seen some very average candidates pull in great interview shows based on their attitude and their preparation. Remember that you are already shortlisted – they liked your resume and think that you are fit for the job, now is your time to shine and seize the moment. Here are some quick tips before you go for your interviews:
The number one reason for an unsuccessful job interview is lack of preparation. Success comes from preparing thoroughly, researching the company and knowing what to expect in the interview process – please get in touch with your recruitment consultant to know more about the interview process and general trends of questioning for your next client interview. The interview is a prime opportunity for you to sell yourself to the interviewer, focusing on your strengths and the skills you can bring to a position. The more you prepare the more confident you will feel.
You only have one chance to make a good first impression. Leverage your opportunity well. Prepare Well, Act Smart and Be Professional at all times.
There are many sources of company and industry information. You can gather information from the company website, press articles and online resources. The larger the company, the more likely you will be able to get a sense of their financial position. Is the company booming or do they need new blood and an innovative boost? Is the business unit you are talking to filling positions for replacements or new groups ? What is the industry consensus with respect to the client positioning and future success. Speak to our consultants – they will know some of the best places to look, and they have tremendous private trusted networks to get information and may even have some of the information themselves for your benefit.
Please check the following information:
Company History and Background
If the company has multiple sites and additional products/services research them, where they are located, divisions, subsidiaries and brand names. Developing a deeper understanding of the environment, and where shall your job role contribute will prepare you for a more thorough interview.
Key questions – What to Expect
No interview follows the same format; it usually depends on the position and the organization. However there are a number of key questions that are commonly asked in an interview, particularly at first interview stage;
In order to answer these questions calmly and professionally you need to prepare by:
While it is important to let the interviewer dominate the interview it is important to ask relevant questions, it should be a two-way communication. However, be careful not to ask questions on topics already covered by the interviewer:
The first interview is not a good time to ask about salary and benefits. This should be left until the second interview or until the client raises the question. If the client asks what salary you are on never answer them directly, suggest instead what you would ideally be looking for. Please take advice from your consultant to ask more about how to handle salary issues – don’t try to push too much and appear desperate for just a salary hike! At the end of the interview thank the interviewer for their time. If you are interested in the position tell them. Ask what the next steps are and what timescales they are working to. You should leave the interview knowing:
Remember to call your consultant straight after the interview. This is important as it gives us the opportunity to go back to the company to confirm your interest whilst you are still fresh in the interviewers mind. If we have your feedback, when we speak to the company it demonstrates your interest and enthusiasm. The same day send a personalized e-mail to the interviewer reinforcing your interest in the position and once again thanking them for their time.
Improve Your Interview Techniques
Before you leave for the interview make sure you have with you the address of where you are meeting the interviewer, a location map, the name of the person you will be meeting, their job title and a contact number in case you need to reach them. Your consultant will provide you will all of this information. Please have the contact numbers of our consultants as well if you need any support at any time – we have our team on standby for your success.
Plan your journey in advance to beat traffic woes and give yourself plenty of time to get there. If you are going to be late then make sure you contact the interviewer or speak to your consultant who will get hold of them for you.
Presentation is a key part of any interview. You need to present yourself in the best light possible. Make sure you are dressed for the vacancy you are being interviewed for. Always wear your smartest suit and make sure your shoes are well polished. Dependent upon the company policy on dress code the consultant may advise you differently.
Body language is defined as ‘what we say without actually saying anything’ – the first 30 seconds of an interview are the most important, based on how you look, eye contact and a relaxed posture.
During the Interview:
Employers are looking for enthusiasm, professionalism and confidence. Make sure you remain professional before, during and after the interview. Relax and be yourself, but don’t forget that you are involved in the interview process from the moment you arrive until you leave.