Be the best you can in a competitive market place – Interview tips and preparation

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These notes are intended as an additional aid for candidates who are preparing for an interview arranged through ID Search & Selection.  This is not a definitive resource but can hopefully provide guidance for interview tips and technique that may prove useful whatever your level of seniority, although depending upon the stage of your career, much of this information may have become second nature.

The interview stage of the recruitment process is where you have the opportunity to “sell” yourself to the prospective company and vice versa. This is the time for highlighting your skills and abilities to the employer and satisfying any questions that you have about them.

Preparing for interview:

Preparation is crucial - do your homework. Go through the job spec thoroughly and interrogate each point /requirement against your own qualifications / experience / skills / knowledge so that you are aware of where your strengths and weaknesses lie with regards to the role.

Take time to research and read through all the information that you can find about the company; their website will be a good place to start, but there may be other information available, brochures, press articles etc. Familiarise yourself with their brands, services and clients as well as their company structure, office locations and size.

Once you have completed your research speak to your consultant regarding any questions that may have arisen or ask them to provide more detailed information on a point of interest. Now you know what the company are looking for, you should start to formulate responses to likely questions.

The Basics:

Dress appropriately – you may be an ambassador for their company in the future – show them how well turned out you can be. If in any doubt, dress up rather than down – don’t underestimate the importance of presentation and posture.

Be punctual for the interview (5/10 minutes before your appointment). Make sure you have planned your route, and left more than enough time for your journey. If you arrive too early, relax and gather your thoughts nearby, rather than announcing yourself to the company.

Be sure to know your interviewer’s name and job title.

Make sure your mobile is OFF before entering the interview room.

For further information contact ID Search & Selection and we will do our very best to help. ID Search & Selection, 32 Station Appraoch, West Byfleet, KT14 6NF mail@id-ss.com 01932 797963.

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This article was published on 2009/09/17