How to have a successful interview.
In a candidate rich market, interview success is vital. Articulating your suitability to a role is an art that needs to be well versed in order to stand out from a growing pool of candidates. However, an interview is also an opportunity to see whether you would fit within a company and its culture, and it is therefore important that you are armed with expert knowledge in order to have a successful interview.
At one eighty recruitment, we are experts when it comes to candidate success. We have put together our top advice on how to have a successful interview in the hopes that it will help you secure a well-suited role.
1. Research and preparation.
Prior to your interview, it is imperative that you are well educated on the company, role and the person with whom you are meeting. Having a sound understanding of the organisation and where you will fit shows a willingness to learn and also illustrates your desire to be part of the company. An understanding of the interviewers’ position and the role is also important, as they allow for you to take appropriate lines of questioning and understand how you may fit within the company structure.
Arrive five minutes before your designated interview time. Punctuality shows that you prioritise the interview, and could be trusted to uphold this standard if you were to secure the role.
3. Make an impression
Social engagement is imperative. A memorable interaction with the first person you engage within the office will put you in a prime position. This person is often a receptionist, so ensure that you engage in friendly conversation. Upon entering the interview, introduce yourself with confidence and provide a nice firm handshake (should COVID-19 permit). Maintain engaging eye contact with your interviewer, and be mindful of your posture. Sit forward and listen intently, ensuring that you have a sound understanding of what is being asked while also illustrating to the interviewer that you are interested in the position.
In your due diligence prior to your interview, note down questions that you may feel inquired to ask about the role or company as a whole. Having these prepared will show a deeper interest, and will also allow you to see how your values and experience may align with the opportunity. Remember, this process is also about ensuring this role is the right fit for you as a candidate so ask the questions that you feel are appropriate in order to better enhance your understanding of the company.
It can also be useful to make personal connections with those in the firm through this due diligence process. Having an internal connection will set you apart from other candidates, so be sure to research your interviewer or other team members through personal connections.
Be prepared to articulate why you are best suited to the role. Have a strong and confident answer prepared, and deliver this in a way that shows you are serious about the position. Don't be afraid to be bold.
After your interview, be considerate and offer to return any tea or coffee cups to the kitchen. Thank your interviewer for their time, and be sure to ask what the next steps are regarding a timeframe of when you may expect to hear an outcome.
Interviews can be a source of nervousness, however, it is important to remember that your interviewer has chosen to meet you, and they want you to be successful. Don’t overthink it, conduct yourself professionally and in a friendly manner, and use the experience as an opportunity to identify whether the role is right for you.
If you would like additional advice on how to have a successful interview, talk to one of our recruiters today.