Interviews still play the major part of most recruitment decisions, typically with the interviewer's objective being to:
1. Convey information about the company and the job you are applying for.
2. Assess your skills and experience against the requirements of the job role.
3. Assess your personality in terms of the cultural fit within the team and the organisation.
4. Assess your potential for progression or diversification to other roles in the future.
We are most often asked what candidates can do to impress at an interview. The simple is be yourself! Pretending to be something else is not in either your or a potential employer's interest.
Therefore we have listed below some useful hints and tips to help you stand out and win that role:
Allow enough travel time to make sure you arrive at your interview on time and (especially if travelling by public transport), allow sufficient time for the interview. For example, do you know how long the interview is likely to be? Are tests going to be administered? Has a site visit been planned during the process? If timing is a problem, check beforehand to see how long the meeting is likely to last.
Do your research! Find out as much as your can about the company before your interview so can can have a few questions ready (just in case you get the 'what would you like to know about us?' question). Relating a question to information your have looked up, eg what is stated on a web page demonstrates that you are good at planning and shows you are interested in the role.
Don't waffle - answer questions as succinctly as you can whilst providing enough detail to demonstrate your knowledge.
Beware of 2-part questions - listen carefully to the full question.
Never lie! Invariably lies and discrepancies are found out and typically result in the immediate termination of the job.
Whilst it will be expected that you are likely to be nervous, try to remain as calm as you can. Some interviewers will try to deliberately provoke an emotional response from you - keep your response as neutral in tone as you can and never lose your temper!
Remember - the assessment process begins the moment you walk through the reception door so always be polite to receptionists and care-taker staff. It is very common for receptionists to give their opinion as part of the selection process.