A GUIDE TO A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW
Who – Know your interviewer, research their LinkedIn profile and fully research the company
Why – Specifically why do you want to work for the company and what stands our for you
What – What is your understanding of the role and how would you describe the role to the client?
Where – Do you know how to get there? Do you know the area? How far are they from the train station? Where will you park?
When – When is you interview? Give yourself plenty of time to get there. When will you schedule time to prepare properly?
How – How have you gone the extra mile with your preparation? i.e. Industry knowledge / Glassdoor review / Competitor information
Know your number, ratio’s % against target, what does your brag file look like?
Give examples of successes and how you achieved them – how compelling is your story?
Be positive! – avoid mentioning bad experiences with previous employers
Traits / Qualities
What qualities can you bring to a new employer?
List and be able to justify
Prepare for 3 key strengths – What are most relevant to the role?
Prepare for 3 key weaknesses / areas of development
Give a positive spin e.g perfectionists take a little longer but high quality and gets it right first time
- Firstly make sure you completely read and understand the job description!
- Isolate each point – can you give examples of best practice and demonstrate your relevance / capability.
- List examples of success and explain how you went about achieving this!
- Walk the walk – Give examples that make it real
- Any parts of the role where you have little experience look as areas of learning / development rather than a weakness. “I am a quick learner / keen to enhance my skills”
- What intelligent questions do you have that you want to know the answer to?
- Make Sure You Close! – Thank you for your time, it was a pleasure meeting with you…
- Express your interest! – And then with confidence either;
- Ask for the role
- Ask do you have any concerns or reservations before I leave?
- Overcome any objections / niggles before you leave
- Imagine you already have the job!
What You Need To Know Before Accepting
- Targets vs commission structure
- On-boarding / Training
- Team / Culture
- What is the long term career progression