WE KNOW THEY SEEM OBVIOUS …..BUT DON’T FORGET THESE “DO’S AND DON’TS” OF INTERVIEWING!
Interviews can be stressful but remembering some key DO’s and DON’TS will help alleviate some pressure. Technical skills are important and your CV skills and achievements will undoubtedly, with a few favourable words from your recruitment consultant, have got you through the interviewer’s door. However, candidates frequently fall down at interview stage, when your presentation, interpersonal and professional skills are under scrutiny.
Seemingly small things make a big difference. Not doing your research on the business you have potentially come to work for is a sure fire way of irritating your interviewer, always be prepared. Arriving late really can make the difference between you and the next interviewee securing the all-important second interview, as can how polite you are to the receptionist or person that leads you into the interview room. An unexpected test can be stressful but it is often how positively or negatively you respond to the challenge, rather than the actual test results, that can sway the balance.
We have compiled a few DO’S and DON’TS; they may seem obvious but they are always a good reminder. You would be surprised how many job seekers forget at least one of these!
If you are interested in the position then make sure the interviewer is aware of this.
Thank the employer for their time and their consideration of you. If you have answered the two questions uppermost in the employer’s mind:
..then you have done all you can!
Lastly, call your consultant immediately after each interview and tell him/her what happened. The Consultant will want to talk with you before the employer calls him/her back. If you are interested in the position the Consultant will help you get it.
It’s always important in a job search to make the most of any failure, they happen to everyone at some point…
There may be a justifiable reason why you weren’t offered the job –Ensure your consultant obtains detailed feedback for you in order to analyse where you went wrong and correct it for next time. There will be other opportunities and with this experience behind you, you will probably interview better the next time.
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