Interview Success for Candidates

You’ve successfully impressed with you CV and cover letter, now it’s time to further influence your recruitment success at the interview!

Remember, it’s totally normal to feel nervous ahead of any interview, however being prepared beforehand can increase your confidence and help you showcase the best version of yourself under pressure.

We have compiled our top tips to help you prepare for your next job interview.

Be prepared

Thoroughly read the job description and person specification to fully understand what the recruiter is looking for. Highlight the key skills and requirements. Read your CV and cover letter to remind yourself of your skills and experience and how they fit the recruiter’s criteria. Think of examples from your own experiences to showcase how you have demonstrated these key skills in past roles.

Dress to impress

Dress sharply, however, determine the company’s culture and dress accordingly. A more casual approach is now common in many workplaces, so try to gauge the dress code by looking at staff photos on their website and social media platforms.

Arrive in plenty time

Know the location of the interview as well as transport routes or parking availability in the locality. Leave plenty of time for traffic or other unforeseen occurrences during the journey. Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview time. Arriving early will keep you calm and focused.

Be polite and friendly

Recruiters want to assess your true personality and how you will potentially communicate with their staff, clients or customers. First impressions count, so make them positive.

Listen carefully

Listen to the questions being asked and take time before responding with your answers. If you don’t hear a question or don’t understand, ask the interviewer to repeat the question.

Take a moment to respond

Pause and compose your answers before responding the interviewers’ questions. Be specific in your answers and keep to the question theme. Add relevant details from your experience to showcase your skills and abilities and demonstrate how you have applied them in previous roles. Talk clearly and concisely.

Ask a question

Often interviewers will give the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview. Preparing a question or two shows your interest in the company and willingness to learn more about it.

Next steps

The interviewer should detail the next steps in the process and when they are likely to make a decision and inform candidates of their success. This is your opportunity to clarify any queries regarding the process.

Ask for feedback

After the decision has been received, and especially if you are unsuccessful, you may want to contact the employer and ask for feedback on your interview. This enables you to learn from the process and prepare for the next interview.

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