23/04/2020 by Andy Winterburgh
In this article, we're going to delve into the interview itself with these 9 tips to make sure you give a great impression in your next interview.
- Be on time. If for some reason on the day you are unavoidably delayed, call your recruiter so they can let your interviewer know your expected time of arrival
- Begin with a strong greeting You only get one chance to make that 1st impression and your confidence when you meet your interviewer for the first time will be remembered. If meeting in person make eye contact and have a strong handshake. If you're meeting virtually prepare a confident opening greeting
- Sit still, with your feet firmly on the ground. This will help you maintain your posture and avoid fidgeting.
- Remember your CV details. In particular, bring out the experience most relevant to the role you're interviewing for.
- Listen to the question and answer as succinctly as possible. Less is more.
- Make a note of your questions. Bring a note-pad if you feel you might forget important points.
- Ask questions. Be prepared with the questions you need to know the answers to be able to make your decision.
- Avoid lengthy monologues. A good way to check whether your interviewer is still engaged is to ask questions at natural conversation breaks: "Does this make sense?", "Am I being clear?", "How does this resonate with you?"
- Don't criticise your current or previous employer. Doing so could give your interviewer the impression you're difficult to work with.
At the end of the interview. If you are interested in the role then do let the interviewer know. Even if you have some questions yet to be answered as demonstrating your interest and enthusiasm could make a difference in the early stages.
It's just as important for the interviewer to sell the benefits of working at their business, as it is for you to impress them.
What to do AFTER the Interview
In today's competitive job market, what you do after an interview is just as important, as the interview itself.
We ask that you contact your consultant to give feedback as quickly as possible. This enables us to manage any communication effectively and demonstrate your interest and commitment to the opportunity.
If you have questions that need addressing your consultant can follow up on this with the company at the same as confirming the next steps.
In some instances, the interviewer may give you their contact details so that you can contact them directly with any questions. If so, you may like to drop them a brief note confirming your interest and thanking them for their time. If you do, be succinct.
Less is usually more.