Interview Tips You Actually Use

Making A Good Impression - Six Interview Tips You Can Actually Use

31 August 2016

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Job interviews can be one of the most daunting, nerve wracking experiences of our lives. How do you make a good impression? Do you go formal or informal? How will I answer those tricky questions? It’s a minefield!

HR Consultancy is one of Scotland’s leading recruitment firms and every-day help people step into their dream jobs. Our team interview people everyday for a whole host of different roles and are experts when it comes to selling yourself. Human Resources Business Partner Allan Davidson has given us his top tips for sailing through interviews and landing your dream job:

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: What disappoints recruiters most when interviewing candidates is poor knowledge about the organisation. Lack of knowledge equals lack of interest. You don’t need to be an expert researcher – check out the company’s website and social media platforms and you’ll find plenty of insight.

Consider first impressions: In most businesses looking smart is a must, but it’s also important to look like you’ll fit in. That’s where doing your homework comes in again. Visit the office in advance, look at what people wear and dress accordingly. Smart office wear always gives a good first impression but dial the formal look up and down as appropriate.

Body talks: Interviewers are easily put off by weak handshakes, lack of eye contact, poor posture and body language. Speak clearly, at a good pace and think about your replies. Avoid using words like “um”, “kinda”, “sure” and “dedicated”, today everybody is dedicated and it’s not a differentiating feature to have.

Make sure you know what you want: ‘Why do you want this job?’ is one of the most common questions asked. Understand the job role and what it will entail. Make sure you know how this role will tie in with your future plans and career path. Employers often follow this question with ‘Why do you want to work for this company?’ This is a great opportunity to show off your knowledge and understanding by talking about the company’s reputation, clients, training and career development programs.

Personality questions: Nowadays it’s not just about IQ it’s equally as important to have a strong EQ (emotional intelligence). Employers want to hire someone who has a great personality and strong people skills. Often if a candidate has less experience but stronger growth potential and is a better culture fit, then they are likely to be first choice for the employer.   

Finish on a positive note: An employer often asks if there is anything you would like to ask. Have a list of potential questions that tie into the job role and company – and always ask more than one because it makes you look really keen. Always thank the interviewer for their time and conclude on a positive note with something like - ‘I look forward to hearing from you,’ which reiterates to the employer how much you want the job.

An interview is your time to shine, show off and convince an employer why you are the right person for the job. It can be a little daunting but take a brave pill, stand tall, sell yourself and that job could be yours! 

Written By Allan Davidson

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