In the Hot Seat - 5 Top Interview Tips
26 Jun 2018
There's no doubt about it, interviews can be a nerve wracking experience for the most confident of people. Whether you're there because it's a role you really want, or a job you really need, the pressure is on, and that can lead to more than a few butterflies as you enter the interview room. At Understanding Recruitment we have helped thousands of people in their careers - and that means a lot of interviews! Take a look at our top tips to help you ace your next interview...
It's all in the preparation
Preparation is key to a good interview and this takes various forms, but all are important elements that will help boost your confidence as you sit in the hot seat.
Find out as much as you can about the company. If you're working with a Recruiter, this will make life easier as they will have done a lot of the leg work here and can be a fantastic source of information about your potential new employer - a good Recruiter will volunteer the information that they feel will be most useful to you, but don't hesitate in picking their brains if there are other details that you feel will help.
Take to Google and check them out, find out about their latest news, look at annual reports, blogs, latest news on their website and social media. Platforms such as Linkedin and Facebook can give you valuable clues and updates about the company that may not appear on the company website. It's worth knowing a bit about their main competitors too. This research will allow you enter the interview feeling more confident and capable of both answering and asking questions about the company knowledgeably, and may give you the edge over other candidates.
2. Plan ahead
This is absolutely key to making you feel relaxed as you go into the interview, there's nothing worse than rushing or getting lost en route and it won't start you off on the right foot. Look up the route in advance, plan travel arrangements and parking if you're driving. Remember details with this, make sure you have coins to park if you need them and check online that morning for traffic and travel updates. Allow yourself plenty of time, better to arrive early than late!
3. Know your strengths, weaknesses and achievements
Read through your CV and remind yourself what it says, remember this is the information that the interviewer will have received so they are likely to ask you questions about the experience you've listed. Try to anticipate the questions you may be asked during the interview and plan answers to include examples that back up your experience - if you're working with a Recruiter they may be able to help you with this. Once you're in the interview keep your answers concise and
4. Dress the part
Research the company and find out the dress code for the current employees, then aim to mirror that image. This is all about first impressions, but entering the interview dressed for the role will help you to feel more confident.
5. Be friendly
This may sound obvious, but making eye contact and smiling is key to connecting with the interviewer - and anyone else you encounter from the doorman or receptionist through to the MD. Don't forget, they've invited you there because they want to meet you; it's an interview not an interrogation. Offer a firm handshake when you meet your interviewer. Getting the job offer isn't all about the skills and experience you offer, a lot of it comes down to personality and whether they think you'll be a good fit for their existing team so the more personable they find you the better your chance of receiving a job offer!