Interview Techniques

Pre-Interview Prep

It is important to do your research before your interview. Gathering as much information as possible about the company and the people you are meeting is key to ensuring you are ready for every eventuality. Confidence is key.

  • Know the company and what they do inside out.
  • Research the company: What are they doing now What are they doing next year?
  • Speak to your Recruitment Consultant and use their knowledge of the company.
  • Know the job description. Take the time to identify how your skills align with the needs of the company

 

Industry Research

  • Make sure you do some research into the industry too. Industry websites, national news and social media can all be helpful tools to make sure you know the trends within your industry.
  • Impress your interviewer with your knowledge – prove you are the best person for the job.

 

Attire

  • Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the job you are interviewing for. This may not always mean wearing a suit!
  • Some companies will have more relaxed dress codes and will want to make sure you are a cultural fit for your business. Check with your Recruitment Consultant before an interview.

 

On the Day

  • Take copies of your CV, Portfolio, References etc. with you.
  • Make sure you plan your route and make sure you arrive in plenty of time.
  • Make sure your body language is positive, engaged, that you maintain a good posture and smile. Don’t put your hands in your pocket and avoid crossing your arms.

 

Question Time

  • What have been your major achievements? Try to use a fairly recent work-related achievement. Make sure you talk about the skills you used and any skills you gained.
  • What is your greatest weakness? There are two approaches to tackling this classic interview stumper – You can either talk about a non-work related weakness or more often than not, you speak about one you recognised in yourself and worked to overcome it.

 

Your Turn.

Preparing a few strong questions for your interviewer allows you to demonstrate both your knowledge of the company and your industry. Some great examples are:

  • What are the company’s short and long term goals?
  • As an employee, how can I exceed your expectations?
  • Why do you enjoy working for this company?
  • Have you any reservations about my skill set in regard to this role?

 

Follow Up

Following up your interview with a phone call to your recruitment consultant is vital. Feedback on how you think it went, what questions were asked and if any specific next steps were discussed. Your consultant will also call you when they have feedback from your interview.

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