New Year, New Job - Interviews

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2020 by Maire GerrardNo comments


Interviewing is one of the most important, yet dreaded, parts of a recruitment process. As the first time you meet your future employer face to face, presenting the best possible version of yourself is paramount, but nerves can sometimes stand in the way. In order to minimise the chances of this and take some of the stress out of interviewing, we have taken it back to basics and provided tips to increase your chance of success.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

The most common reason for a poor interview is lack of preparation. While some interviewers will deliberately ask curveball questions to test your reactions and logic, competency-based questions and those relating to the company and role are to be expected. Therefore, if you struggle to form an answer to these, a hiring manager may doubt your capabilities or interest.

With regards to competency-based questions, an easy way of preparing for them is to go through the person specification and role requirements in the job description and list examples of times you have displayed these qualities. Similarly, be prepared to explain your motivations for the role and why the company is of interest to you, as interviewers will want to see genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity.

Confidence is key

While interviews can be nerve-wrecking, it is important to come across as self-assured as opposed to jittery. Most jobs involve some dealings with other people, and even if your communication skills are generally good, any lacking in this area in an interview could give hiring managers cause for concern.

Your body language can go a long way to making you appear and feel more confident. Make frequent eye contact when giving answers, sit up straight with your hands on your lap, and do not be afraid to take a couple of breaths or a sip of water before giving your answers. Additionally, dressing smartly will help you to feel the part. There is a lot to be said for embodying the qualities you want to feel, and by ‘acting’ calm and professional, you will feel more in control.

Question time

It is inevitable that the interviewer will ask if you have questions at the end of the interview. They do so not only to be helpful, but often as another test of interest in the position. Rather than panic about this, the best thing to do is think of examples in advance.

As you are going through your preparation, if there is any point where you think you would like to know more than your own research can provide, make a note of it. Not only does this mean you are ready with considered queries when the time comes, but more importantly, the answers will be genuinely helpful.

If you are looking for a new role, our team of specialist consultants would be delighted to support you in your job search. Please contact our regional offices using the contact details here.

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