Interview Tips for Candidates

Before the Interview – Be Prepared!

  • Research the company. Your Recruitment Consultant will give information on the role and company, but look at their website. This will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are interested in the job, and have a willingness to learn.
  • Research your own CV- sometimes we all need a reminder on past jobs! Take a copy with you to save the day if the interviewer has mislaid your copy.
  • Practice makes perfect. Stand in front of a mirror & give yourself a mock interview.
  • Practice expanding on the skills and projects that you have listed in your CV. Always be prepared to give a couple of different examples that prove a particular skill set.
  • Do you know how to get there and where to park? You don’t want the stress of getting lost and turning up late for an interview. This is even more important if you plan to take public transport. If you are running late always phone the recruitment consultant, so we can warn your interviewer. Check how to pronounce any difficult names etc
  • Dress smartly, and appropriately for the company.

During the interview

  • If you have nerves, remember you have prepared all you can before the interview, so try to be calm and reassure yourself that this is just a professional conversation. If nerves are a major issue for you, let your recruitment consultant know – they can help you practice some mock interviews and help reassure you. Breathing techniques can also be really effective in making you feel calmer.
  • First impressions matter – the interview starts the moment you walk through the door. Greet your interviewer/s with a firm handshake, and by name. Make eye contact.If you can manage, a friendly smile at this point it will have a big effect – the interviewers are nervous at this point too! It is important to watch your body language – try not to look closed or stiff, which is a natural reaction to a stressful situation. try and relax your body, and your interviewers will also relax.
  • Answering the questions –you’ve battled through the research, fought off the nerves and now it’s time to really sell yourself. Be confident and enthusiastic. Listen to the questions carefully, and look the interviewer in the eye. If it’s a panel interview look at each regularly, keep an open body stance, smile, and engage the whole panel.
  • When answering competency based questions (ie. describe a situation where you demonstrated something), the STAR technique is useful. STAR – Situation, Task, Action and Result provides you with a basic template on how to answer these questions, allowing you to really show your abilities.
  • Avoid answering questions with a yes or a no. Expand your answers sufficiently to reveal things about yourself that are suitable for the job and what you are able to offer the company.
  • Certain questions may seem a bit puzzling – but always remember that the interviewer’s aim is to recruit suitable staff, not to trip people up or embarrass them. They may ask searching questions to ascertain your aptitude, motivation, stability, maturity and general outlook. Be prepared for them, and answer them as well as you can.
  • Never denigrate your previous or current employer. It sounds unprofessional, and the Interviewer will be left wondering what you may say about them if you left.
  • Ask one or two questions at the end of the interview (although don’t become the interviewer!). It shows the interviewer that you are someone who is engaged, and serious about joining their company.
  • After the interview is the time to wonder whether you want the post. Act as if you are set on getting the job. Never shut out an opportunity.

After the interview

  • Feedback –Speak to your recruitment consultant about when you can expect to hear back. No matter what the outcome you should always seek advice/feedback from the interviewer (especially if it was unsuccessful!) so that you know where to improve for the next interview.
  • Give feedback to your recruitment consultant – Employers may be considering a couple of other candidates, and if they feel you are not keen may decide on someone else quickly.

AND GOOD LUCK!!

 

‘Any Questions’ Examples – Choose two or three questions that you are interested in. This is your chance to work out if the opportunity is right for you too.

From what you know about me so far, how well do you think I will fit into the team here? Why?   

Asking about the team shows that you understand the importance of settling well into the team you’ll be working with. Hopefully, the answer will be positive, but if there is doubt, it will give you the chance to reassure them you possess the right qualities to work with their teams.

I am aware that employees have recently done eg Revit Training. Is that a typical opportunity in the job for which I am interviewing?

This shows eagerness and an interest in going above and beyond your day-to-day work. It also shows that you have done research on the company or industry news.

How would you describe an ideal employee?

You will get an idea as to whether you are a good fit for the company. It also shows that you are keen to meet their expectations.

 

 

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