Preparation is key
Do your research! Find out as much as you can about the company, check out their website, social media pages and news articles. This provides a basis for conversation and shows your level of interest in them. Investigate who their team are made up of, find out who the key people are, such as the CEO, or Directors for example.
Practice makes perfect
If you lack confidence or have been out of the interview games for a while, take every opportunity to interview that you can get. The more you interview the less stressful and easier it becomes. Alternatively, rope in family or friends who would help to do some interview role play. Research some commonly asked questions so you feel better prepared.
Dress to impress
Consider your audience but if in doubt, be conservative. There are professions in which you can allow some of your creative side to shine through, but for the most part, employers prefer smart and professional-looking. Keep it simple. You want to be remembered for what you say and not for what you’re wearing.
What do you need to take?
The night before, set out any items you have been requested to take with you such as references, identification, applications forms, portfolio or a pre-prepared presentation. You might want to take business cards or extra C.V. copies as well. It’s useful to take a pad and pen to take down notes and to prepare a few questions to ask the interviewer.
You don’t want to feel stressed or flustered, so plan your route to the interview location and aim to get there 15 minutes before your interview starts. This gives you time to compose yourself and check on how you look.
Engage with the interviewer
From an initial firm handshake and good eye contact to speaking clearly, leaning in, listening and asking questions. Our body language speaks volumes. It’s natural to feel a bit nervous but try and remember your C.V. has got you this far, so to try and relax and smile.
Think about what you’d like to know. This an excellent opportunity to find out more about the company culture, their expectations, the structure of the business and why they are recruiting. If you’re are looking for progression, you may want to know whether they have a management training program for example.
Before you head out of the door, ask what the next step is. You should always leave on a positive note to show you are interested and keen.
Ask Rocket Recruit
Don’t be afraid to ask us for advice on interview techniques. We’re always happy to help and give you some additional pointers. We aim to get feedback regarding every interview we put you forward for. We welcome constructive criticism or positive feedback from the client. It’s an important part of the process which we hope will help you to improve and grow.