Interview Tips and Advice

So you get the phone call from either your recruitment consultant or HR department, to let you know that you have been invited in for a face to face interview. This is always great news, but don’t get complacent as the hardest part is yet to come. 

If you are in the position described above, congratulations!

Below we have some helpful tips and advice for the next stage of the process:

  1. Research as much as you can about the company and industry (if you are new to it) as you can. There are two main reasons why this is beneficial. The first is that a candidate that has done their research, is often looked at favourably and seen as using initiative. The second is that you can give more informed responses to questions and have confidence when giving them.
  2. Familiarise yourself with the job description. Read through the job description, think about how your experience relates and then think of examples that you can give of this. Telling short stories that include past experiences and achievements, will help you be seen as personable. This is not essential, but worth thinking about.
  3. Show that your experiences are transferable to the desired role. It is one thing to talk openly about your past work experience, but if it doesn’t relate to the job you are being interviewed for, then it isn’t worth much. Make sure that you are able to illustrate the association between the skills you have gained with the skills required.
  4. Think about your appearance before and during the interview. Make sure that you are dressed appropriately. If you are unsure whether the dress code is smart or smart-casual, go smart. During the interview, it is important that you are aware of your posture, speak clearly and that you smile!
  5. Thank the employer for their time. By doing this you will come across polite and shows that you genuinely appreciate the opportunity as well as wanting the job.

Conclusion

The face to face interview is probably the most daunting part of the recruitment process. By researching the company and showing that your past experience transfers to the role, you will certainly have demonstrated that you are capable of performing the job well.

It is important to remember that first impressions count, so make sure that you are dressed appropriately and that you’re polite. By doing this you will give the impression that you’re a smart and personable individual and combined with the points above you will have a better chance of securing the job.