When applying for positions, the initial task of simply getting an interview can be difficult in itself.
Therefore, when you are lucky enough to secure one it is important to make a good impression with your potential future employer, and ensure that you have done enough to stand out among an array of other qualified candidates.
One of our senior consultants, Ben Ritchie, has listed his top five tips for success in an interview below.
Research the company
Although this is a pre-interview step to take, it is arguably one of the most important ones: it is vital to spend some time researching the company you have applied for.
I advise my candidates to spend ten or so minutes the night before an interview on their potential future employer’s company website.
Pay close attention to what type of work the company does, what kind of people they employ, and,most of all, the requirements of the job you have applied for.
This will give you hints as to how you should answer their questions and what aspects of the role to mention when doing so.
Dress the Part
The person interviewing you will ultimately see you before they hear you, and so it is important to convey what type of employee with what you are wearing.
A neat and professional appearance will cause the interviewer to hold this opinion of you throughout the exchange.
Wear something smart, but also something that you feel comfortable in.
Although it is important to dress professionally, if wearing a suit makes you VISIBLY uncomfortable then it is better in this instance to dress ‘smart-casual’.
Arrive on time – or even better, arrive EARLY
A well-known interview tip, this ensures that you appear organised and punctual.
What this also allows you to do as an interviewee, is it gives you a few minutes to observe the working environment and the other employees.
In addition to this, these few minutes can be used to calm any last-minute nerves or anxieties over the interview itself.
Remember to take a few moments to relax: being asked for the interview means that they have seen something desirable in you for the position, and therefore like you as a candidate already. Be confident in yourself.
Make the first and last seconds COUNT
The first impression you make to the employer is vital:
- Say hello
- Introduce yourself by name
- Speak clearly and loud enough that you can be heard
- Make eye contact
- Offer a firm handshake
- Make sure your body language is relaxed yet confident
Most importantly, be the best version of YOU.
This is your opportunity to sell yourself as an individual, so make sure that you endorse yourself properly and prove why you are the perfect candidate.
When you finish, make sure you thank your interviewer for their time and don’t rush out. Leave in the same manner that you introduced yourself.
Keep in touch
Following your interview, remember to contact your recruiter.
This gives us an opportunity to reaffirm your enthusiasm for the role to the employer and helps to give you an advantage over the other candidates!
Often, we at Black Fox Solutions are in direct contact with the company and may already have received feedback regarding how the interview went that we can pass on.
As professionals in the recruitment industry, an integral part of our job is to ensure you, our client, are fully prepared for all aspects of a job application, including helping to compile your CV and applying for jobs on your behalf.
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