Interview tips for candidates

Posted on 28 March 2018

​8 interview tips to help you get that job

We’ve all seen how not to behave at a job interview on TV’s The Apprentice – the lies, gross exaggeration, embarrassing moments and obvious lack of preparation.

The way to avoid this scenario is to plan ahead and be well organised. Richard Powell, Director of Bright Leaf Recruitment lists the following useful tips for interviewees.

1.  First impressions & body language

You want to give a good first impression of course. Think about your body language. Avoid weak handshakes, bad posture, nail biting and not looking into the eyes of the interviewer. Show confidence and a positive, polite attitude so that employers can see that you will fit into their organisation.

2.    Be prepared

Don’t forget what it says on your CV and look at the job advert again. Think about

how you are going to show the employer that you’ve got what they are looking for.

Make sure you are properly equipped – take a copy of your CV, a note book and pen and show you are serious about the job by taking a list of questions.

3.  Do some research

Demonstrate that you are serious about the job by finding out as much as you can about the company, its specialities and services. Look at the company website and press releases and familiarise yourself with its latest news and developments.

4.  Ask questions

Show interest and use the interview to find out as much as you can about the company and whether you would want to work there. What would a typical day be like? What are the key challenges? How can you be sure to succeed in the job and what would your prospects for the future be?

5.  Give the right answers

Prepare answers to the most popular questions: why are you the best person for the job? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Give examples of what you are particularly good at and at least one weakness and how you are fixing it. Make sure

you answer questions fully – don’t give one word yes/no answers.

6.  Think about the future

How would you answer the question ‘Where do you see yourself in five years?’

This an opportunity to show you are planning your career and have goals. Also think about what you would do in the first three months if you get the job. Show the interviewer that you’ve given it some serious thought and are prepared for the challenges the job will present.

7.  What to wear

Obviously you need to look smart. Research the business and find out what the appropriate dress code is. If you were applying for a job in a farm animal veterinary practice and you will be spending time literally “in the field”, don’t where a brand new suit!

8.  Mobile mistakes

Don’t mess up the interview by using your mobile phone or leaving it switched on. Switch it to Flight Mode and put it away. Demonstrate that the interview is your main focus and top priority and avoid distractions.

“When it comes to job interviews the key is to ‘be prepared’ and devise answers to likely questions,” says Richard Powell. “There’s also the more ‘unusual’ questions to think about, such as: what kind of jungle animal or biscuit you would be? And how many coins piled up would be needed to reach the top of The Shard? There’s no real right or wrong answer to these kinds of questions. They are a test of your logical thinking powers; the kind of skills you often need at work.”

For advice on interview skills or other aspects of recruitment call 01422 433900 or go to the Bright Leaf Recruitment” 

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