Tips for job interview success
Follow our top tips to job interview success...
Understand what kind of interview you’re going to have.
A telephone call, skype-session, or in-person meeting? A one-on-one, or a panel of interviewers? A set assessment, formal Q&A or informal chat? Each of these will make a huge difference to the dynamic of an interview - and you need to know what’s in store so if in doubt, ask!
It (almost) goes without saying – you need to do your research. Here’s a good checklist to work through:
•Make sure you’re comfortable talking through your CV; explaining any professional gaps (such as a career break), discussing the experiences you’ve gained from each role you’ve had, and being clear about why you’ve taken (or left) particular roles, so you can answer clearly if asked.
•Make sure your references are up to date, and prepare them for the fact you’re looking for work and they might receive a call.
•Read thoroughly through the job description of the role you’ve applied for. Think carefully about what the employer is likely to be looking for in terms of skills and experiences, and how you fit those criteria.
•Understand the business and what is likely to drive their performance. Read their website, research their products and understand who their clients are – it will help you understand how you can contribute and make the most of your skills.
•Get your questions ready. Don’t forget, an interview process is two-way; when you leave the meeting you need to have clear sense in your mind of what the role will entail, and the key challenges and opportunities. If you’re not sure, then ask.
Get ready. The night before, make sure you’re prepared; know what you’re going to wear, what time you’re going to leave home and how long the journey will take. And, perhaps most importantly – get a good night’s sleep.
On the day.
Stay calm, and listen – really listen – to what your interviewer is asking you. It’s easy to launch ahead with a summary of who you are and what you’re looking for, but make sure you’re responding clearly and slowly to what the interviewer is seeking. Be enthusiastic, polite, clear and concise. If you feel nerves are getting the better of you, don’t be afraid to pause and take a deep breath, relax and smile. Interviewers understand that these situations cause nerves – what they want to see is how well you deal with them.
The next round.
If you’ve made it through to the second round, it means you’ve done a great job convincing the recruiter about your skills; and now they want to learn more about how you would add value to their business, how you’d fit into the team, and what differentiates you from other candidates they might be seeing.
•As preparation, replay in your mind your first interview; where there questions were asked that caused you difficulty to answer, or areas where the interviewer seemed keen for more information? If so, take the opportunity now to plan your response, as it’s likely these questions will surface again.
•Understand who will be interviewing you this time and their role in the organisation, and don’t be afraid to ask for this information; whether the interviewer has a business or HR focus can materially change the types of questions that may be asked.
•Talk to others who work in the same industry, or even the same firm, to understand more about the challenges and opportunities that face the business, and how these may affect you and your role if you were to join the company.
•You now know a lot more about the role and business in question than when you first interviewed – so revisit how you can add value to the position, and to the business. Imagine you’re a product – how would you sell yourself? Practice your ‘pitch’ in advance – it will help greatly to ensure confident communication on the day.
Released On 25th Jan 2017