â€‹Interviews are regarded by some as a necessary evil, by others as an exciting chance to sell themselves.
Whichever school of thought you belong to, your aim is the same - to be successful.
Success in interview is down to two main components: Attitude and Preparation.
In order to make sure you give the best possible account of yourself in what many see as a highly daunting situation...
...put yourself in the interviewers shoes. You are looking to hire new talent for your team or department. In order to do this, would you be looking to catch out a candidate in an interview with a badly worded question? Would you be annoyed if the candidate you met asked for more clarification on a specific issue or question? Would you want to intimidate a candidate so much that they felt on edge all throughout your meeting?
In order to give the best and most honest account of yourself at interview you need to relax. This is what the interviewer will want you to do.
For them to ascertain your suitability for their team, you must try to be in the same frame of mind that you would be if you were working for them already.
Turning the tables like this will allow you to approach the interview from a stance that ensures your attitude is correct.
An interview is an opportunity for you to impress your potential employer, interviewers want to be impressed and feel that you will fit both their team and their skill requirement. This attitude is of fundamental importance in your quest for success.
In order to prepare for the interview properly, you will need to start with the basic information provided by your consultant.
If you follow the preparation guide above, you should be prepared for pretty much any eventuality. Your consultant will be able to provide you with advice and interview tips so make a point of asking for their help. They want you to succeed and they spend their time speaking to both frustrated clients and candidates alike about interview technique so are well versed in this important skill.
As a candidate, you will have obtained an interview on the strength of your CV. The interview is the chance to add personality to the process. It is an opportunity for you to make sure the recruiter knows exactly how well you match their requirement and how your experience in the past has direct relevance to their current situation. This may not be immediately apparent on your CV so it is at an interview that you expand on what is in essence a snap-shot of your life.
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