Let’s face it, nobody enjoys an interview. Even if you’ve got all the required skills and loads of experience, selling yourself to a stranger isn’t easy. Being interviewed can be stressful and nerve wracking but get it right and you will reap the rewards. When you are interviewing for that all important job there are some simple steps you can follow to make sure you get it right.
1. Do Your Research
Make sure that before you arrive, you do your homework on the company you are interviewing for. Look at the businesses website, read as much as you can about them and you could also check out their employees on LinkedIn. Research the person/people conducting the interviews, know about your interviewer. Look at their news/social media/ blogs etc – it’s likely to give you up to date info that can be great points of conversation at interview. Researching the business will help you know what to expect. The more you know before you walk through the door, the more confidence you’ll have.
2. Know Your CV
Get ready to talk your interviewer through your CV. Know the main points and dates without having to check it as this will make you seem more genuine. If you do have a gap in your employment history for any reason, make sure you have a professional answer as to why.
3. Tell The Truth
Telling lies in your CV might have seemed clever back when you wrote it but honesty is always the best policy when it comes to your career. If you don’t have a skill the employer requires, it is better to be upfront rather than arrive on the first day and let them down. Often employers can overlook a minor skill gap and they may even help you develop in that area.
4. Get The Basics Right
You’ve probably heard all these things a million times but nothing is more essential than your body language and manners. Before you arrive, switch your phone either off or on silent. On arrival, greet your interviewer with a handshake and a smile. During the interview, make eye contact and use approachable body language.
5. Plan Questions To Ask
Keep in mind that an interview is an equal playing field. It’s not all about them quizzing you. When they ask you if you have any questions, make sure you take the opportunity with open arms. Before you turn up, prepare a few questions for your interviewer. Asking questions presents you as interested in the business and can also level out the power play in the room. Job offers have to be mutually beneficial so remember this if you feel intimidated.
6. Talk About Money
After everything else is covered, be prepared to talk about salary. Even if it sounds like the best job in the world, if the rate of pay isn’t what you’re looking for then you may be wasting your time. Discuss what salary you’d like with your recruitment consultant and reiterate this in the interview if it is appropriate. Have a figure in mind and stick to it. Throwing around different numbers to different people in the recruitment process will only come back to bite you eventually.
7. No Whinging
As hard as it may be, try not to moan about your current employer. Of course you are thinking of leaving your current job for a reason, but make this reason sound positive. No one likes someone who complains or puts other people down. Also keep in mind that professional spheres can be very small, everyone knows everyone in many towns and industries and you wouldn’t want anything you say getting back to your current employer.
8. Keep To Time
Give yourself enough time to get to your interview with time to spare. If you can, find out about parking arrangements when you organise your interview. Arrive on time, often interviewers are busy business people and arriving early isn’t always appreciated. If the dog eats your keys, the train is delayed, you get lost or anything else happens which may cause you to run late, phone and let them know. Time keeping is essential in all jobs, so don’t let them think you are disorganised.
9. Dress Smart
Some offices have a smart casual dress code and some even have no dress code at all. However for interview, always go smart unless you are told otherwise. We find that particularly in offices where work dress traditionally is very casual, candidates think jeans and a polo shirt is acceptable interview attire however this is not the case. Even if you end up toning it down when you get the job, make the best aesthetic impression.
10. Work With Your Recruitment Consultant
As a recruitment agency, we will give you all the help you need to plan for your interview. We can also ask any difficult questions directly to the employer for you if you wish. If you don’t like to discuss money, you want to know what to wear or you’re not sure what type of office environment it is, get us to find out for you.
Interviewing doesn’t need to be a daunting process and it certainly isn’t a quiz show. Do your preparations, make interviews work for you, ask the questions and you’ll have a new job in no time. If you are interested in a new job role, you can check our current vacancies at any time, or register with us to be one step ahead.