We are driven to provide our candidates with challenging roles that allow them to grow and develop both personally and professionally.
Employing an extensive interview process to match each candidate’s skills and career objectives to our client’s employment opportunities, we form the right match. We’re not going to force opportunities on a candidate or pretend to know what their dream job is without consulting them first.
Learn as much as possible about the company including its products and services, financial information, position in the market, values and clients. It is a great idea to check out the latest news about the company and subtly drop it in to conversation to show you’re up to date and well researched.
It also helps to know the background of the interviewer, check LinkedIn and run a google search. This will help develop an understanding of their experience level and what might be important to them.
Take stock of your skills and goals and how they apply to the position you are seeking. Formulate answers to potential queries that incorporate and emphasise your particular strengths and abilities. Think about what you can offer the company that will make you indispensable?
Be prepared to provide examples of your relevant experiences. Most organisations use a behavioural or situational interview technique where they are looking for you to succinctly provide examples of what you did, why you did it (not because I was told to!) and what the impact was. It is also powerful to describe what you would do differently next time.
Properly applied questions allow you to learn more about the opportunity and the degree to which it matches your ambitions. Intelligent and appropriate questioning also enables you to demonstrate your knowledge and suitability for the role, leaving the employer with a strong impression of your talents and interest in the opportunity. It is always a good idea to close out the interview by asking something to the effect of, “Based on our discussion today, do you have any reservations about my capabilities to perform this role?” This gives you one last opportunity to overcome any potential assumptions the interviewer may have made.
Clearly it is not possible to have responses ready for all subjects. However, there are standard queries that appear in virtually all interview. These may include: Why do you want the role? What are your reasons for leaving recent roles or, why are you looking to leave your current role? How would you describe yourself? What are your weaknesses? What motivates you?
In recent years there has been a shift in standard corporate attire – try to match the business attire of the organisation if possible. When in doubt, best to over dress and be on the conservative side.
Make certain to bring a pen, paper and extra copies of your resume – you may end up talking with more individuals than anticipated.
A firm handshake, eye contact and a friendly disposition go a long way. Make a point of smiling, it’s easy! Always attempt a little bit of small talk, perhaps about something you’ve picked up in your research or ever just chat about the weather. You’ll quickly get a feel for whether the interviewer wants to get straight down to business or not, you’ll need to feel that out.
Gently control the course of the interview as much as possible without appearing overly confident. Listen carefully to the questions asked by the interviewer and answer succinctly. Don’t be afraid to ask a question to clarify a question, it can buy you some time to formulate your answer. Be honest as well, don’t attempt to fluff your way through and answer it way off the mark, this usually comes off a lot worse than being straight down the line.
Without coming across over keen, if the interview is going well and you like what you hear about the role, let the interviewer know that you want the role and are confident that you can add value to the organisation. Project an image of confidence and energy!
Do not broach the subject of money yourself. Doing so may lead the employer to believe that your motivations are purely financially focused.
After you have asked your questions it’s always good to ascertain the next steps in the process and likely timelines. You want to walk out of there knowing exactly where you stand.