It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for, then a sudden feeling of dread: the interview. We all know that job interviews aren’t a barrel of laughs. However, applicants like you ace interviews every day. You just need to know how. As one of the leading recruitment agencies we know that there (unfortunately!) isn’t a set formula for interview success. Much of it depends on the employer, culture, job role, and more. But these interview tips should help you ace your next interview.
Do your interview homework
All opportunities vary enormously depending on who the employer is and the nature of the role. So you have to do advance preparation. Undertake research like you would for a complex project. Look up information about the company and also the wider industry. Speak to your recruitment agency and ask for a copy of the job description and person specification. Read these carefully and anticipate how you match the profile the recruiter is looking for.
If the employer has selected you for interview, whether for a permanent role or temp work, they’ve already seen something in you they like! That’s a great foundation to feel confident going into the interview. The trick now is looking at your CV and application and considering what they don’t know about you, and probably want to find out about. Preparing for these questions can help you feel more confident when you deliver your answer.
Consider your image
First impressions count—there’s no avoiding that. However, you can be in control of how the interviewer sees you. Be warm, positive, and professional, and fake your confidence even if you don’t feel it. A good strategy is simply reminding yourself to take time to breathe. This will slow things down, give you room to think, and ensure you answer in a thoughtful, composed way. An interview is not a test done under timed conditions; you can take time and slow the pace.
If you have a tendency to waffle when you’re nervous, then you’ll benefit from applying the STAR technique. In short, you aim to answer questions according to situation, task, action, and result. It’ll ensure you get across the evidence they’re looking for in a succinct way.
Interviews are a two-way process
As part of your preparation, think of questions you can ask the interviewer. Try to make these unique and not the run of the mill ones you can find answers to via their website or social media.
Every interview is valuable
Remember that even if you don’t ace this interview, you’ve had valuable practice and a good learning experience. As with anything, you’ll get better at interviews through doing them repeatedly. Don’t lose heart, and get in touch with your recruitment consultant who’ll let you know about other opportunities.