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Once selected for an interview, it is very important to make sure that you are fully prepared. To be successful you have to make the best possible impression on a potential employer and you may only have 30 minutes in which to do so.
Follow these simple guidelines to help you on your way:
- You – make sure you read your CV and have a printed copy to take with you along with any relevant work samples. An employer is usually looking for someone who can fit in with the current team but who will still add extra value or contribute a skill set that is missing. So have a think about how you can fill that gap in their business and prepare some positive answers to their questions.
- Getting there – plan your route and check travel reports on the day of your interview. If you can have a practise run the day before. Aim to arrive 10-15 minutes before your interview time.
- The job – you should be provided with a job description prior to your interview. Make sure you read and understand this thoroughly and ask one of our consultants if you have any questions.
- The company – do lots of research on the company- what they do, products/services offered/their values and mottos, size, locations and anything else you feel may help you in an interview. You may get asked questions about your understanding of the company – make sure you can answer them – it shows you are enthusiastic and are the person to fill that vacancy.
- Try to prepare answers to questions you may be asked e.g. why are you interested in this role? Give us an example of when you have worked in a team/on your own? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
- Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer – things like holiday entitlement, progression and promotion, training courses etc. Write these down and take them with you.
- In order to present yourself in the most open way, we would advise candidates to remove all facial piercings including tongue and nose piercings prior to interview, as with some clients you will not be able to wear these within role. Single ear piercings are an exception. We would also advise all candidates to cover any tattoos wherever possible by wearing long sleeves or trousers. You need to dress smartly and be well presented for your interview. Make sure you have clean hair and nails and your clothes are neat and ironed.
- Make sure you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of your interview. Make sure the receptionist knows who you are and who you are meeting. Be polite and aware of your surroundings.
- In the interview – as well as listening to what is being said and asked make sure you are aware of your body language. Try to be confident and relaxed and show you are interested by smiling and nodding.
- At the end of the interview - ask any questions that you prepared which haven’t been covered so far. You can also ask if there will be a second stage interview or when you may have some feedback. Make sure you thank the interviewer.
- After the interview - call your consultant and give them your thoughts and feedback. It is important that you do this so that they can then get feedback from the interviewer.