Interviews are an incredibly challenging time in anyone's career. Perhaps you are trying to land your first job, maybe you're returning to the work place after some time out, or maybe you are looking to take the next step on your career ladder. Whatever your situation, you must master the interview process in order to succeed. This is where Equation Recruitment can help you.
The most important advice is to remain calm and this state of mind can be easily achieved if you follow our golden rules:
Think of your interview as a performance. Whilst it's not practical to learn a script off by heart, you could spend time looking at standard interview questions and jot down briefly what you would like to say. Focus on your answers and follow them through with a clear structure; i.e, a beginning, middle and end. Also think about the pitch, tone and clarity of your voice, as well as your posture and use of gestures.
Take a look at some of the favourites:
- Tell me about you?
- What do you know about the company?
- What do you know about this role?
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- Why should we hire you?
Practice in the mirror or by asking a friend / family member to role play with you. Remember, practice makes perfect and you can always speak with your Recruitment Consultant for further advice.
Many employers express disappointment when potential candidates show they have not done their research. It really is worthwhile to read up on the company prior to your interview. For example, when was the company established, how many staff are there, who are its competitors, how has it developed over the last few years and what is its general ethos? You can then take this information to demonstrate how your skills and experience suit the role and how you could help the company to succeed in the future. Take notes with you and don't hesitate to ask questions; this will show you are genuinely interested.
…are important, so go out of your way to create lasting ones! From the moment you arrive at your interview, keep eye contact and offer a firm, but friendly, handshake. Poor posture / body language, a lack of eye contact and a weak handshake can imply that you are shy, uncharismatic, or worse, disinterested. Dress smartly, remember to smile and be proud that you have been offered a shot at an interview. They must have liked something about to you to get to this point, so don't waste the opportunity.
With current unemployment figures at an all time high, most employers are looking for applicants that clearly demonstrate a specific set of skills to match the role. Before your interview, thoroughly go through what the job role entails and what skill sets the employer requires. You can then reflect on your own experiences and use them as evidence when it comes to delivering your case as to why the interviewer should hire you.
These interview tips are general, but they will help you feel more comfortable in yourself and calm in your approach. They also demonstrate how Equation Recruitment work with the candidate and the level of guidance offered.
On a final note, we put a lot of time and effort into ensuring we match your wants and needs as closely as possible to our clients' requirements. We will only ever put you forward for roles we believe suit you. After all, there is not point trying to fix a square peg into a round hole!