When you’re trying to land a new role, performing well at the interview is vital to your chances of success. At Recann, we want to help give you the best chance of securing your role by offering advice for an experience-based interview in person.
Interviews can be nerve-wracking! To help you prepare, we have put together some of our best tips for ensuring that you can convey all of your brilliant skills, experience and expertise on the big day.
Research your client
With the wide availability of digital communications, researching a potential employer is easier than ever. Here are just a few things you can try:
• Read the project/job description thoroughly so you fully understand what your potential new employer expects from you.
• Have a look on the company website and take note of what they do as a business. Look at any recent news on the company website or in Google news to gauge their profile, be able to comment and ask questions that are relevant to what they’re doing.
• Find the name of the interviewer(s) and research them via their LinkedIn profiles or on the company website, if possible.
• If the company offers a mobile application you can access, download it and learn how they use it to reach customers.
Share your knowledge at the interview to show you are one step ahead with your research.
Know your CV
Many candidates assume they know their CVs until they are put in a pressurised situation and things can quickly be forgotten. Make sure you read your CV before your interview as you never know what section you may be questioned on. That way you will always be ready to talk about your achievements, qualifications and experience.
Arrive on time
Find out the correct address and confirm you are going to the right office. These days, must businesses have multiple offices, and interview locations can sometimes be confusing. Plan your route before the interview and carry out a practice run if possible. It is essential that you aim to arrive 20 – 25 minutes early as this gives you enough time to make up for any potential delays.
It is important to introduce yourself with a strong handshake. This is the first face-to-face impression you make with your potential employer. Make sure you are confident with your initial handshake, which could set the interview up for you in your favour whilst helping to set your nerves at ease.
Never assume that the dress code of the company you are going to see is casual EVEN if you know they are casual. Rule of thumb: it’s best to overdress and be told to under dress than vice versa. Always dress in business attire when attending an interview to show your potential employer you are ready for the job and could get straight to work if they wanted you to.
Positivity is key
Always be positive about both your past experience and the role you are going for. Focus on what went well for you in the past and what you CAN do for your new employers in the interview, rather than things you didn’t enjoy about previous places of work.
Answer with examples
When answering a question, ensure that you always use an example to support your answer. This gives your answers a bit more credibility and demonstrates that you have understood the question that you have been asked.
Honesty is the best policy
Always be honest in an interview. As easy as it is to lie, it is even easier to get caught out: when that happens, you can kiss that job goodbye. A 2015 study by CareerBuilder revealed 69 per cent of employers said candidates caught lying about something was an instant deal breaker.
Bottom line: if it’s in your CV, ensure that you can back it up.
Ensure that you listen to what the interviewer is saying, that way you have the best chance of answering their questions more accurately. Once you have listened, then feel free to pause and think before you answer with comments that are relevant to what you have just been asked.
Remember: communication is as much about listening as it is about talking clearly and concisely about you.
This not only gives you an opportunity to clarify anything you are unsure of, it also shows you have an enquiring mind and are genuinely interested in the role.
Much like a post on Twitter, dealing with job interview questions requires a “less is more and more is less” approach. Quite simple, really: Answer the questions succinctly – get straight to the point.
Whilst we understand that some people may need to smoke before an interview to calm their nerves, we would strongly recommend not smoking as there is a chance the interviewer could be put off by the strong tobacco smell.
How to end the interview
Always ensure that you ask the client if there are any further questions they have or if there were any points that you hadn’t covered for them. Ask them about their next stages and thank them for their time.
If at any time you wish to discuss your interview technique with one of our consultants please contact Recann.
For a successful telephone interview please follow some of the tips and advice given below:
• Be prepared to take the call in a quiet place with phone signal five minutes in advance
• Have a copy of your CV at hand in case you are asked to expand on any of the information provided
• Have a copy of the job description printed off so you can ensure have an understanding of the role
• Have a couple of questions prepared about the role and the opportunity within the organisation
• Be CLEAR and CONCISE in the answers – do not mumble!
• Have no distractions in the background
• Ask what the next steps in the process will be and when you might expect feedback and THANK THEM for their time, in order to show the interview how keen you are.