In her 20 years of experience working in recruitment, Jo Sharpe has interviewed hundreds of candidates. In this time, she has accumulated a wealth of knowledge on the best ways to conduct yourself in an interview. In this article, Jo shares her top tips for interviews.
Our internal Recruitment Consultant Jo Sharpe has had nearly 20 years experience within the recruitment world. She has interviewed and prepared hundreds of candidates for their upcoming interviews.
So, you’ve been invited to an interview. Great news! You’ve passed the first hurdle. Your CV has impressed your target company. Now that you have secured the interview, it’s time to shine!
However, in Jo’s experience, she’s found that candidates tend to ‘fall down’ on the following key areas: research, dress code, arrival time and asking questions. Here are her top 4 interview tips that should bring you interview success!
This is a really critical first step to interview success. The interviewer will want to see that you have done your research on both the company and the job spec.
The reason they want to see you have done this, is because they only want to employ those who are genuinely interested in their business and their job, and not just interested in getting “any old job”. By being well researched you also send a signal to the prospective employer that you are intelligent, hard working and committed.
Make sure you look at the company website, LinkedIn pages, and some will even have YouTube channels.
Dress the part
It is really important that you dress appropriately for interview. I would always recommend going as smart as you possibly can. Try to invest in a suit.
Boys, please make sure your shirts are long sleeved and light in colour. Girls, please make sure your bra straps are covered.
Make sure you have smart shoes, that are clean and, generally speaking should be black in colour. Girls, if you are wearing heels, make sure they are mid height.
By dressing the part for your interview you will send a positive signal to your interviewer – that you mean business!
Arrive on time
Timekeeping sends a strong message to your prospective employer, and it is imperative that you arrive on time. In fact, I would strongly recommend you arrive 10 minutes prior to your interview time.
If you arrive too early, go for a coffee or a walk around the block. However, if you have no option but to arrive late, ensure that you telephone your contact at the company you are interviewing with to tell them.
By arriving with 10 minutes to spare, you will have time for a drink and time to compose yourself prior to the interview. Your interviewer will also see that you are keen, enthusiastic and reliable.
In the majority of interviews, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions and at this stage, it is important that you do so.
The reason for this is, by asking questions you re-affirm your interest in the company and role. You can show your interviewer that you have been listening, and lastly, it’s a good opportunity to show your personality.
If you think that your mind may go blank at this stage, it is perfectly acceptable to bring a note book with your questions in. Good questions to ask will revolve around training, progression and the company goals.