Interviews can be nerve-racking at the best of times, whether it’s for your first job after you graduate or whether you are a C-Level executive, the most important thing is to prepare, below are some useful tips to help you do just that!
1. Have a Great CV
Having a well written and well-presented CV is the first step to acing any interview. With a poorly written CV/resume you are unlikely to get yourself in a position to sit any interview. Spend time preparing, writing and re-checking your CV before sending it to any company/recruitment agency. For useful tips on how to write a great CV, ask any of our Consultants for advice!
2. Research the Company
Once you have an interview confirmed you need to spend adequate time researching the company you are about to meet. Thoroughly read their website, google the company and see what results show up, search for recent newspaper articles about the company and things that they have done. In every interview scenario you will be asked what you know about the company, you will impress with interesting facts/knowledge you have learned outside of the standard information on the company website. You don’t want to be surprised by not knowing any big news/announcements about the company.
3. Research the Interviewers
When you find out who you are meeting with research their profiles on LinkedIn. It is a good way to get a better understanding of the background and the profile of the people that you are meeting with.
4. Make Your First Impression Count
Prepare the in the days and night beforehand. Research the company’s address, plan how you will get there and how long it will take. Plan to arrive there well in advance of time and grab a coffee nearby. The people you are meeting will be busy so don’t walk into the offices too early before the meeting, ten minutes before hand is ideal. Pick out the outfit you are going to wear and polish your shoes the night before. Make sure you are well presented as the interview starts the moment you step into their office and they first see you. Initial impressions last. Have a good firm handshake and make eye contact with the interviewer. Make sure your phone is turned on silent!
5. Prepare Likely Interview Questions
It is important to spend time preparing your answers for interview questions that are likely to come up. There are some standard questions that will come up in almost every interview, such as why you want to work for the company, where you see yourself in 5 years and to speak about your past work experience. Competency-based interviewing is used by employers to ascertain whether an individual’s skills, abilities and motivation match those in the job specification. It delves deeper than a traditional interviewing style to ensure that the candidate has the right competencies – knowledge, application of skills and undertaking of tasks in the workplace – to be considered a suitable candidate for the role. You should also look at typical competency questions that are likely to come up and prepare those answers. Our consultants will be able to give you specific advice on the style and type of questions that are likely to come up for a particular client.
6. Ensure You Ask Questions
It is important that you show you are engaged in the process and asking a few pre-prepared questions will show you are really interested. It is also your chance to make sure that this is the right job for you, it isn’t just about the company assessing your suitability.
7. Promote Yourself
Don’t be afraid to emphasise your own good qualities in the interview. You need to be able to sell yourself and outline why you are the right person for the job. When possible always refer to previous work experience/examples which will outline why you are as good as you say you are.
8. Follow Up
At the end of the interview you should always thank the interviewers for their time and for meeting with you. Later send an email after your interview, thanking them again their time Follow up if you haven’t heard from them. It shows you are interested and that you want the role!