Being prepared for your interview is one of the most important tools to assist with interview technique, it will give you more confidence and help you relax during your meeting.
Being unprepared will show in the answers you provide to the persons interviewing and will likely show in your body language.
Prior to the interview, it is essential that you get a good understanding of the Company and the position you are applying for
Research the Company
Research the Company via the internet, get a good understanding of what the business does & check out their Company values.
Read through the job specification, make notes on where your experience fits with the role you are applying for.
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If you are working with RCFR Recruitment your Recruitment Specialist will provide you with all essential information about the opportunity to help you prepare for your interview, they will also arrange a telephone call with you prior to your interview to go through any questions you may have.
This is without doubt the most important aspect of your interview. Prior to your interview, check where the Company is located and the estimated time it will take you to get there, and if you are travelling in rush hour allow yourself more time.
Ensure you arrive 15 minutes prior to your interview in the event you need to sign in at security, park and walk to the location of your interview. A casual attitude to timekeeping is a negative impression. If you are going to be late call ahead or let your Recruitment Specialist know as sometimes avoiding traffic issues is impossible & completely understandable.
Looking the part makes a lasting impression at an interview, smart dress is a prerequisite.
Suits for both men and women, unless advised otherwise sometimes fashion retail companies are happy with chino’s, shirt and suit jacket. If you have any doubts, play it safe and choose the conservative option.
Communication when you first meet a person it is an illustration of how you will communicate in different situations i.e with your team, peers, customers, clients within their business and the interviewer will be closely looking at specific areas to gage fit within their business.
This also includes the tone of your voice, how clearly you speak, eye contact and body language, so it is important to practise this before you attend your interview, get a friend or family or your recruitment specialist to help.
Sometimes when people are nervous they have certain body language such as clicking a pen or fidgeting that they may not be aware of so identifying this can help re-channel any nervous movements.
Many questions can be anticipated in advance, so it is worth while making notes of likely questions that could be part of the interview process and how you would answer.
It is important to keep your answers short and concise, try not to ramble. Be prepared to answer technical questions that could arise from reviewing your CV & have examples ready in relation to the job you are applying for.
Be prepared to explain your reasons for leaving each role and have a mental note of all key achievements in each role.
At the end of your interview, smile and thank the people involved for their time. Whilst decisions and job offers are usually made sometime after the interview(s), should an offer of employment be made at the conclusion of any interview you attend, ask whether the offer will be confirmed in writing. Also, it is not unreasonable to request a short period of time to consider the offer before formally accepting.
If you have any further questions on the interview guide, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist recruitment team for advice on 01244 980591.