Are you ready to interview? Once you have been selected for a job interview, it is important to prepare effectively. That means practicing interview questions and answers, dressing in appropriate interview attire and, after the interview, speaking with your recruitment consultant about the interview and your options.
Effective interview preparation can separate you from the crowd of interviewees all looking to secure the same role, so make sure that you do at least some of below.
If this is a role similar to the one you currently do, think about your current role, the daily tasks involved, the targets you are aiming for and how you use your skills to do the role. The interviewer will be interested in what makes you good at your role so think about this in detail. If this is a new role for you, visit: http://www.autocity.org.uk/ and have a look at what might be expected of you within the role. Re-read the job advert and make sure you speak with your recruitment consultant about the role.
The internet can provide you with a wealth of information, not only via the company’s own website, but also via blogs or customer feedback. Put their name into a search engine and begin taking notes on what you find. Remember your recruitment consultant may very well have dealt with them for years and will be able to provide you with an accurate synopsis of the company, their makeup and its reputation.
Knowing who is interviewing you can help massively when preparing. Find out the following: their job title, are they ultimately likely to be your new boss, or perhaps your boss’ boss? What type of person are they and what type of interview do they typically prefer? Make sure you speak with your recruitment consultant about the interviewer.
On the day
Know where you are going. Perhaps if you have time, do a dry run of the journey. How long will it take you? Where, if needed, can you park? Who are you meeting? Where should you report to? What time and how long should you set aside from your schedule for the interview? Make sure you speak with your recruitment consultant about all of these details.
Your Recruitment Consultant is the key to a successful interview. They know the company, the client and the role, so make sure you speak at length about your preparation.
At the interview
This is it, the moment you have been waiting for and you may only get one chance to impress.
- Dress appropriately to the role. However if you are in anyway unsure, business attire is the default setting
- Smile from the moment you arrive. We cannot tell you how many interviews have gone wrong because the interviewee forgot to smile at the receptionist, who ultimately introduced them to the interviewer. They are the first person to impress!
- Actions. From the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you will be watched. Arriving early is good but then sitting in your car in their car park with your feet up on the dashboard reading a newspaper is not. You will be seen and judged!
- Smoking & Drinking. If you smoke, make sure your last one is at least an hour before you walk in and take mints! Dutch courage is never encouraged! Never drink alcohol before an interview
- Shake hands with everyone, and again SMILE!
- Answer every question honestly and back up any statement made with facts or scenarios
At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer and their colleagues for their time and ask them when you will be hearing from them.
After the Interview, call your recruitment consultant to give them feedback.
What to do with an offer
Well Congratulations! You’ve been offered a new position.
Is it what you want?
- Accept the role
- Visit our Page on Handing in your Notice
- What needs to change?
- Speak openly with your recruitment consultant about the changes needed to the offer.
- What, if changed, would change your mind?
Do you have:
- Any doubts?
- Other interviews about to happen?
- Other interviews with outstanding feedback?
- Any other offers?
If yes to any of these you will need to speak to your recruitment consultant to discuss your options.Next: Handing in your notice