Interview Skills

Having a good and attractive CV, whilst being important, is only the first hurdle in finding a job. It is widely considered that employers believe it to be good practice to interview 5 and sometimes 10 candidates for a role before making a decision. This means one in ten candidates will be successful at the point of interview.

 

 

Here are a few good things to consider before going for an interview:

  • Know yourself
  • Know the company
  • Know the role
  • Understand how you will add value to the company
  • Be positive and honest
  • Ask good questions

 

Be prepared

The most important foundation for any interview is preparation. If you want to stand out for your knowledge, be sure to understand both the role, the company and how best you fit into that position.

Know yourself

This may sound simple, but many people have failed on securing a role simply because they are not able to detail their goals, ambitions and experience within their CV. Your CV is the basis for the employer meeting you and therefore it is crucial that you can talk about your skills and experiences with confidence and understanding. Employers will want to know why each point has been included, so make sure you back up every statement with evidence.

Know the company

Once your interview has been confirmed, find out everything you can about the company in question. Carrying out relevant research is the single most powerful tool in your interviewing arsenal, as it distinguishes good interviewees from bad ones.

Researching a company is not just about how many offices they have and what products or services they sell; it’s about understanding what their challenges and opportunities are, where there business is going, and how the role fits into this plan.

Know the role

Before every interview, you should receive a job specification that will help you to prepare for the meeting. If you are applying for a job through a recruitment agency, a consultant should brief you prior to the interview. This information will allow you to structure your responses for maximum impact, as you can use the job spec to relate your experience to the role.

Know how you will add value

Employers will use the interview to explore whether your experience and expertise can meet their unique challenges. They will expect you to show an understanding of how you can help them to reach future goals, so be sure to give this some thought. Think about why you want the job, how you would approach it, and how you’d make a difference; drawing upon previous achievements to back up each statement.

Positivity and Honesty

Adopting a positive mind-set is one of the most important factors in any interview. However, for many people it is a difficult skill to remain calm under pressure. In situations like this, be honest with the interviewer and let them know you are nervous before starting your interview, The interviewer will appreciate your honesty and likely take this in consideration when making a decision.

Most interviewers will want to know why you are applying for their role and why you are looking to leave or have left your previous employer. No matter how you feel about your current or previous employers, don’t be tempted to display negativity as it could reflect badly upon you. If an employer sees you as being quick to criticise, they could be mindful of your attitude, so make sure you focus on the good points and always try your best to end your working relationship on good terms.

Good questions

Preparing incisive and relevant questions of your own is sure to impress at interview, but make sure you avoid run of the mill subjects. Asking questions that could easily be answered by a Google search will make you look ill-prepared.

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