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So you got the interview... now what?

29/06/2017
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So you got shortlisted, you got the interview, now what?

Interview preparation is critical to ensuring you secure the job and take time out to do this will make you stand out at interview.
Thorough preparation is key to making your interview a success
What do you need to prepare?
  • The job specification- go through the job spec and for each core activity or skill required, prepare examples of where you have specific experience of matching this requirement- the more specific the better so they can really get a grasp of your knowledge and expertise. I would recommend ideally 2 examples per point that will find it easy to refer back to in the interview.
  • Project / Company information- demonstrate your knowledge of their business and the project you will be working on- people want to hire people who have a genuine interest in them.
  • Your CV- know your CV inside out so you are prepared to answer any questions on this- don't get caught out by gaps or missing information.
  • Who you are going to be meeting- research them on LinkedIn or find out their roles within the business so you are prepared for the types of questions they are likely to ask you i.e. HR will be more competency driven whereas the Project Manager may be more technical.

What to think about?

  • What have been your key achievements? Make yourself stand out and show you are someone who delivers results.
  • Why would someone hire you? How do you add value from previous roles or maybe you have a niche skill they need- what is it that makes you the person for this role?
  • Why would someone not hire you? Know your weaknesses against the requirement as well as your strengths- it is unusual that someone ticks every box on the job description so be prepared to discuss your weaknesses and make them confident you can overcome these.
  • What will you ask? You must prepare questions- you are interviewing them too as you need to know they are the right company and this is the right role for you also. It also demonstrates you took time to prepare and are interested in joining the team.

Fail to prepare.. then prepare to fail!
Remember

  • Real examples are critical- they demonstrate the depth of your capability.
  • Show that you are interested in the job- I have often had clients choose the person who, when it came down to two almost identical applicants, chose the person who "wanted it more".
  • Don't be afraid to ask for feedback if there are any reservations- this gives you a chance to overcome any areas of your experience you haven't demonstrated or they have concerns about- once you leave the interview you have no further chance to overcome these so deal with any reservations there and then.
  • First impressions count- dress appropriately, have a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact and body language throughout- worth practicing this with your recruiter or a friend if you feel concerned around your body language at interview.
  • Build rapport- getting to know your potential employer and asking them plenty of questions about them specifically enables you to build greater rapport than a one way interview.

Finally...

Interview technique is something many people forget to prepare for and in a competitive market this is something you can really focus on to beat other applicants to the job.

Good luck!

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