A strategic career move is something you are committed to. Your CV is updated and you have summarised your past achievements, key features, benefits to a new Employer and identified your goals and aspirations in a new career.
What can you do to further prepare for the Interview Process and increase your chances of an offer? Human Resources Professionals and Hiring Managers appreciate Candidates who do their homework prior to the interview. Company’s websites contain a wealth of information, hinge points for conversations, interest areas to spark questions and recent information on the Company.
Research before the interview is a big part of the process. A simple rule is to triple, as a minimum, the time spent researching the Company, history, future, news, structure and the Role and preparing for the Interview than you would expect the actual interview to take.
Some Helpful Advice:
- Arrive early, allow at least 30 minutes time frame in case of transport delays and explore the surroundings, have a sit down, compose and relax.
- Enter the potential Employer’s offices about 10 minutes ahead of the scheduled interview time.
- Make sure your appearance is clean, professional and neat.
- Some candidates find it easy to practice the route beforehand – to know how long it takes to get there.
- Have an idea of the expected duration of the interview – keep time free after the interview in case it lasts longer.
- Have readily to hand references and contact information.
- Take a pen and paper with your pre-written questions from your research and the Head Hunt International Briefing - and make notes.
- Take a few copies of your CV.
- Visit the corporate website on the day of the interview for new roles, news stories and press releases.
- Be able to communicate confidently why you would want to join a particular company.
- Explore beforehand how your skills, experiences, training and educationcan be employed and add value to the position and company.
- Ask the Head Hunt International Consultant what they think the clientmight ask what they are looking for in you.
- Think of both questions and your answers so you can adequately portray your experiences and skills and their relevance to them.
- Have factual specific answers ready as to how you have overcome situations, added value and obtained results.
- What are their timescales and next steps?
- Offer a firm handshake and maintain good eye contact.
- Be truthful! Don’t rush to simply say the right thing, be honest.
- Listen, take notes and don’t be afraid to ask a question.
- After interview, call your Head Hunt International Consultant and let them know your honest opinion of the interview, the people and your intentions and your motivation to continue in the process.
- It is important to thank and follow-up with the people you met. A quick email is sufficient.
- Remember you are on show, you should demonstrate honesty, reliability, enthusiasm, integrity, confidence, drive, energy and motivation.
- Your communication skills will be tested; rehearsing how you sell your self beforehand can be useful so make time for an interview preparation call with a Head Hunt International Consultant before the interview.
- If transport delays or unforeseen circumstances occur – always contact your Head Hunt International Consultant or a colleague of theirs and explain the situation as quickly as possible.
- The interview is your opportunity to showcase your talent, skills, achievements, goals, aspirations and ability. This is your stage, your chance to shine.
- Relax and be confident.