What’s the best way to approach an interview?

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  • December 6, 2022
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Very often when we begin a relationship with a candidate, they have questions on what they should do at an interview. Regardless of the industry you are from or the seniority level you are, interviews, can by a stressful process, so we have complied some points which may help.
  • Regularly update your CV with the most current roles and responsibilities. This will save time in the application process. Ensure that you familiarise yourself with what you have written.
  • Find a recruitment consultant who specialises in the area you work in and be open with them. An excellent recruiter will become your career coach and will be an invaluable asset in the short, medium, and long-term.
  • Make sure you prepare prior to the interview. Research the company you are meeting to show how much you know about them, let them know what excites you about them. Research your interviewers so that you can talk to them about their experience and achievements.
  • Dress appropriately – even if the first interview is online, first impressions count and will show that you are approaching the interview process with professionalism.
  • Be on time, If the interview is online, there is no excuse. Minimise the risk of digital issues by testing your video software the day before your interview, make sure you are set up and ready to go at least 10 minutes before. If you are experiencing problems logging in – let them know straight away. If the interview is face to face and you are held up for whatever reason, ensure you communicate this as soon as possible.
  • Body language matters be aware of your posture, facial expression, and tone of voice. Look at your interviewers and try to avoid dropping your eyes, don’t cross your arms and don’t fidget.
  • Be honest when answering questions, describe things about yourself that relate to the position on offer that reflect your experience. Relate as much back to your CV, talking about achievements over skills is a good way to talk about yourself. Always be honest, let your interviewer know you are willing to learn something new. Listen carefully to the questions and don’t speak over the interviewer. Answer accordingly while using examples from your experience to back it up.
  • Know how to sell yourself, identify what your unique selling points are, talk to your recruiter they work with hundreds of candidates and can help identify what makes you stand out.
  • Ensure you ask questions, prepare a list before you go and make notes during the interview. An interview gives you the opportunity to gain information on the role, why the role is vacant, the business and their growth plans, and how your role fits. Asking questions will show how interested you are and separate you from other candidates. Remember interviews are a two-way process and are there to evaluate skill set and cultural fit on both sides.
  • Be cautious with how you approach the salary topic, make sure you do your research to understand what salary you should be looking for in your next position.
  • Don’t speak poorly about your present or former employers and have a good reason for why you are leaving your role. This could set off alarm bells to a potential employer. 
If you are thinking about progressing your career, please contact us and we will be happy to help you along your journey.

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