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Interview Advice

An interview is about demonstrating you have the ability to succeed in the role and will suit the culture and philosophy of the company. Each interview process is different but is likely to involve one or more of the following:

  • Phone Interview
  • Face to Face Interview
  • Panel interview (interview with multiple people, sometimes including HR)
  • Sequential interviews (multiple interviews with a different interviewer each time)
  • Group interview (several candidates present at the same time, can also involve group activities)
  • Assessment based (usually involving an aptitude test)
  • Competency based (behavioral questions requiring situational examples)
  • Portfolio based (for creative roles this would normally require submission of a portfolio, for marketing or sales roles it could involve demonstrating skills on the spot)

Our consultants are knowledgeable in all these interview styles and can provide guidance on how to approach them. It’s important that whatever the format of the interview, you are as prepared as possible. The advice below is what our consultants consider to be the most important points to remember.

1. Prepare mentally

  • If you have an interview then the employer has already short listed you and thinks you are a good match to the requirements for the position, so be confident.
  • Take the opportunity to review your best traits and affirm these to yourself.
  • Being in a positive frame of mind will shine through at interview.

2. Review your CV

Know your CV in-depth, you need to be prepared to discuss your CV and experience at length.
Know the company
Once you have an interview, spend some time researching the company. Browse the website, read news articles and follow them on social media. It helps to have a good understanding of the wider structure of the company and the industry it serves. With social media it is even possible to research your interviewer for example by visiting their LinkedIn profile. This will help alleviate nerves and it is likely that they will have reviewed your social media presence too.
Look the part
Appearances count and you want to make the best possible impression so make sure that you are appropriately dressed and well presented.

3. Be punctual

Ensure you arrive in plenty of time, if you’re going to be late call to let them know in advance and once you’re there apologise for the delay.

4. Give a good lasting impression

Your handshake says much about your personality, give a firm, full handshake, and use eye contact. Follow the interviewers lead in terms of the formality of the conversation and consider their body language and yours. A good posture is important but try to also be relaxed,

5. Ask questions

You will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the company. It is a good idea to prepare some questions before you go and remember questions as they occur to you throughout the interview. This will demonstrate you have thought about the interview in advance and enable you to have all the facts in order to make a decision should you be offered the position.

6. Relax

Although it may seem easy to say and rather harder to do try to relax as you will have been well prepared by your consultant as to the specifics of the meeting and the company. This puts you in the best possible position to be yourself and go to the interview feeling positive and calm.

7. Closing the interview

If you have questions about the company that would affect whether you would want to spend further time interviewing, ask them now. If the interviewer has failed to elicit some important information about you, make that information known before you close. Reiterate your interest in the position and find out what the next step will be and when you can expect to hear from them.

It is important to speak to your consultant after the interview process to provide your feedback. We can manage your application appropriately from there and give your feedback to the client when discussing the outcome.

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