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The key to a great interview is preparation

The key to a great interview is preparation. If you’ve got an interview coming up, check out these top 10 hints and tips from our Consultants - helping you prepare yourself for your next big interview...

Know your CV and covering letter.
It amazes me how many candidates struggle to talk through their CV without it in front of them. It’s really important to know what is on your CV and the order of it. Taking half an hour as part of your interview preparation to look over the content of your CV will really help when interviewing and again will help to build credibility. Similarly, if you have written a covering letter explaining to the employer why you are right for the role then they are going to refer to this when interviewing you. Make sure you can back up what you have said and have examples prepared.

Have you done your research?
It’s almost certain that during an interview you will be asked what you know about the company. At this point if you stumble and struggle to answer then it gives an immediate bad impression. Before you go to interview look at the company website, research the employees on LinkedIn, look into who the person interviewing you is, look at Facebook and Twitter. All this information will make you far more credible and stand out. Almost all companies now use social media and many key stake holders are on social media sites so use this to your advantage.

Understand the job specification.
Make sure you get a job spec, whether you are dealing directly with the employer or through an agency there will always be a job spec available. Most job specs will give a good level of information about the role and about who they are looking for. Remember they have specifically asked for certain characteristics and experience. If you don’t demonstrate these at interview then your chances of progressing will be limited. Have specific examples prepared of why you match their criteria.

Talk about your transferable skills.
It’s important to use your experience and skills to your advantage. If you have specific and applicable skills then let them be known to the employer. The less training and time they have to put into getting you up to speed the better and if you can bring unique skills to the company you are far more valuable. This may really set you apart from your competition.

Be positive.
Being positive will have huge affect on your body language and how you come across during your interview. It will also give your potential employer an insight into what you would be like during the working day. It is very important to stay positive throughout your entire job search, it’s unlikely you’ll be offered every job you interview for so stay motivated and keep looking.

What motivates you?
Be honest at this point but also have a think about what your real motivations are. Most people have the same core motivations, for example; money, satisfaction, progression and development. If you can think of a couple of motivators that are personal to you, that you are passionate about this will help the employers understand you and potentially salary packages or roles can be tailored towards what motivates you.

Discuss how the job fits into your career plan.

It is likely that you will be asked what your career plans are for 5 and 10 years in the future. It’s important that an employer feels they can offer you a role which fits into your plan, this helps them to guarantee that you will be with the business for a significant amount of time.

Be honest about availability.
Employers are looking for people to fill roles within their business, this means that knowing your availability can help them to plan handovers, training or even just space! Being honest about your availability will help to ensure that when you join the company everything is ready and set up appropriately for you.

WOW them with your personality.
People hire people they like. Most employers will look to hire people who fit well within the current team and culture of the business and your personality will play a huge part in this fit. Be prepared to talk about what you do outside of work (within reason!) and any hobbies or sports.

Ask questions!
Asking questions during an interview demonstrates to clients that you are genuinely interested in their business and the role. Questions can be related to technical functions, current processes, benefits, the current team or anything that you’d like to know about the company. It’s best to have at least 3 questions prepared before you attend an interview.

Blog Courtesy of Tom, IT & Technical Consultant and Joshua, Logistics & Supply Chain Consultant.


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