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Mark Pearce is Fircroft’s Client Relationship Manager for Western Australia. Here he discusses his top five tips to help you prepare for a job interview.
The oil and gas industry is seeing a rise in redundancies, as business confidence continues to fall due to the unpredictable oil price. On the upside, there are still job opportunities out there. If you’ve recently found yourself in the unfortunate position of being made redundant or you’ve come to the end of a contract and you’re busy searching for your next career opportunity, you have probably already realised that you may be one of a select few going to a job interview. Assuming that you have applied for a job and have been selected to attend an interview – congratulations! The objective now is to ensure you receive an offer of employment.

How you approach your interview is paramount to your chances of being hired. Let’s assume that you are working with a recruitment consultant for this exercise, however you can apply the same techniques if you are approaching the job interview on your own. The following five steps will explain how it works:

Step One

Although your recruitment consultant should have already briefed you with the majority of the below before making a job application on your behalf with the employing company, ensure that you are in receipt of the following:

1. A full job description
2. Information about the opportunity
3. Background information on the company
4. Background information on the person interviewing you
5. Your recently updated CV

Step Two

On the same day of the interview or as close to the interview as possible you should meet with your recruitment consultant again. It is important to take a pad and pen with you, as you will need to prepare yourself for the interview. Taking the notes you have made with you on the day is also important to remind yourself before you go in. One of the biggest complaints from clients is that a lot of people still don’t appear to be prepared for a job interview, whether they work with a recruitment agency or not. Companies will ask you at an interview what you know about them and the job opportunity; it’s important that you are fully prepared to answer these questions, as well as numerous others.

Step Three

Together with your recruitment consultant, plan five smart, carefully thought out questions and write them down before you go in. These questions should be relevant to the job and the company, and they should be structured well enough to get the interviewer to think carefully before answering. You may wish to cover such areas as training and development, employee engagement, management styles, company successes and the possibility of future promotions.

You will also need to plan some questions that you can ask at the end of your interview. As the interview comes to a close, it is always better to know what the next step is and, if you’re feeling confident, how they think you have performed. Here is a simple list of closing questions you may wish to ask to clarify matters: 

  • What is the next stage from here?
  • When do you expect to make a decision by?
  • How many people are you expecting to see at the next stage?
  • Do you have any reservations based on my interview today that I can resolve before we finish?
If you plan any more than five questions you will find that there is a higher probability of most of your questions being answered throughout the duration of the interview, and you may feel less inclined to ask any questions when you get the opportunity. Keep your questions to a maximum of five as it will allow you to focus more during the interview.

Step Four

Depending on how your interview is going you may have built a rapport well enough to ask two or more questions. If not, there will normally be an opportunity to be invited to ask them. Don’t be worried if you still have more than two questions. The chance of the interviewer answering all of your questions will be very low; this is your chance to obtain some key information as well as impress your interviewer.

Step Five - The Final Step

As your interview comes to a close, ask your closing questions to give yourself an idea of what the next steps are. It is always courteous to thank them for their time and tell them that you look forward to hearing from them. Call or meet with your recruitment consultant again after your interview to run through the feedback. It’s likely that the employer will want to hear your feedback through the recruitment agency as soon as possible if they have been impressed with you at the interview.

If you have any further questions regarding assistance with planning and preparing for a job interview, do not hesitate to get in touch.
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