Interviewing for a job is never an easy task. You have to meet new people and sell both yourself and your skills. For many people, this can be very stressful – as your potential job literally depends on you making a positive impact on the interviewer. Here are some interview tips to help ease the process and persuade the person interviewing you that you are the ideal candidate for the position.
When it comes to interview tips, the most important thing to remember is that one CV does not suit all positions. GG Recruitment will provide you with a good deal of insight about the potential position and advise you as to how you should structure your CV to ensure the job requirements match your experience.
The interviewer needs to see at a glance that you have the skills they are looking for – and these need to be highlighted upfront, not hidden away on page three of your CV. Think of examples from past work experiences that demonstrate you have the skills and knowledge they are seeking and be prepared to share these during the interview.
It’s important you research the company, so you can present your knowledge about it during the interview. Look at the company’s website, particularly the ‘About Us’ page. Do some research to see if they recently appeared in the news. Investigate how the company you’re applying at compares with other organisations in the same industry.
Have a list of your own questions ready to ask the interviewer and when you answer questions during the interview try to relate what you have learned about the company in your answering. Ensure you know the interviewer’s name and make a point of using it during the interview. Building rapport and making a personal connection with the interviewer will help you stand out from the other candidates.
All the interview tips in the world won’t help you if you don’t take time to practice answering relevant interview questions. GG Recruitment will do a run through with you and explain what the company will be focusing on and looking for. Practicing will help calm your nerves and give you time to plan ahead as to how you will respond to potentially challenging questions that may arise.
Arriving late for an interview creates a bad impression – no matter what your excuse is. Aim to arrive at least 20 minutes before your interview, so you have some time to relax and prepare yourself. Ensure your cell phone is turned off and double-check that you have all the items you need for the interview.
Interview etiquette is very important. Greet everyone pleasantly and politely. Shake hands firmly and make eye contact during the interview. If you are being interviewed by a panel of people, engage with everyone in the room. You won’t know who has the most decision-making power in the room, so look at everyone as you answer questions, instead of focusing solely on the person asking you the question.
When answering questions, take time to listen to the question carefully and phrase your responses accordingly. Ensure your responses are focused and answer the question while also highlighting the skills you have that are relevant to the position.
If you have researched the company and the position properly, you’ll know exactly what their challenges and needs are and what they are looking for in the right candidate. As you discuss your career experience and achievements, relate these to what the company is looking for. Use practical examples where possible and quote success rates or statistics where appropriate.
GG Recruitment will touch base with you after the interview to find out how well it went and ensure you are still interested in the position. Ask your agent what the next steps in the hiring process will be and when you can expect to hear from them again.
At GG Recruitment we understand how important it is to prepare our candidates for the interview process. We start by ensuring you are the ideal applicant for the position through our exclusive access to the online Workio platform that enables us to psychometrically match and place each candidate in the right position. We then guide you through the interview process, from start to successful placement.