When you have been applying for the perfect roles, getting a steady stream of ‘no thank you’ emails can be a little disheartening. However, when that one comes through and asks for you to attend an interview, you will no doubt jump up and punch the sky.
You should feel proud that you have got to this stage, but the hard work is just beginning.
Some helpful staffing organisations, like Resource Employment, can help you prepare for an interview. Other people will have to refer to some top tips, like the ones featured in this guide.
Preparation and delivery is going to be what is important before and during an interview. Most of it may not come as a surprise to you. After all, it is not rocket science.
Here are some top tips for the perfect interview:
Research the Employer
Knowledge is power as they say, and it couldn’t be more apt as now. What is more, researching your potential future employer will help settle any nerves that you may be experiencing.
There are some key things that you should be looking for. Go and find their website, and take a look at the company’s values. Read them and see how you can adapt any answers that you give during the interview to reflect these.
During your research you may feel that a bond is developing between you and the company. This is a great thing. The more you know, the better equipped you are to answer any questions in a way that they should be impressed with.
Understand Your Role
One area in which candidates can fall down is their ability to understand the job. Again, this is a very important area in which you must have a complete understanding of. Know the company. Know the role.
You will need to take special note of what is required of you and what the responsibilities are of the role. Often any job specification is created by someone in HR. Unless you are applying for a HR role, then these can be quite misleading. If any area of the job specification doesn’t make sense do not be afraid to raise your concerns. Asking questions will prove that you have taken note of what is being asked of you, and that is only a good thing.
What Have You Achieved?
So, you now know the role and the employer, it is time to get a good handle on what you have to offer your potential future employer.
Start asking yourself some of the same questions that may be asked of you during the interview. What have you achieved? What good practices have you learnt? How did you tackle a difficult task? You may already know the answers to these questions, but can you apply any of them to the role you are being interviewed for?
It is time for you to take a good, hard, long look at yourself. Apply everything you have done to the role that you are applying for.
Flexibility is the key to a successful interview. Remember, you could be interviewed by a number of different people, and you should be aware of who is interviewing you. Whether it is someone from HR, your particular line manager, or a recruitment consultant, they will have different agendas. The style and the type of questions that they will ask of you will be slightly different, as they want to get out different things from the interview themselves.
You may only be interviewed by one individual or you could be interviewed by a panel. However and whoever interviews you, remember that you will need to appease each and every one of them.
Practice Makes Perfect
Finally, take some time to go through some test interviews. You could also get your friends and family to assist you and help out. Running through different interview scenarios will only go to enhance your own interview skills.
A lot of practice will only go to help build your confidence. This will go a long way to ensure your potential future employers that you are the right person for the job.
There is no great secret. No exhaustive list to success. You just need to take a common sense approach to your interview. Learn as much as you can about the employer and role and answer with confidence.