Recruiters share their best tips on how to prepare for an interview.
For one; how you speak to the recruiter calling to notify you about an interview, speaks volumes.
Jack Kelly, executive recruiter and founder, and CEO of The Compliance Search Group says by answering with, “Yes, I am highly interested in the role,” is already a huge relief for the recruiter.
“When you let a hiring manager know that you are interested, it makes the process much easier. The manager breathes a sigh of relief and recognizes that the candidate is onboard and sold on the opportunity,” he says.
Having done some research on the company, by maybe checking out it’s employees LinkedIn accounts, further demonstrates your motivation, interest, intellectual curiosity, drive and sincere interest in the role, Kelly adds.
Reviewing typical job interview questions (click here to read our article on popular interview questions and tips on how to answer them), and a thorough understanding of the position is also a must when preparing for the big day. Read our article on how to understand a job advert here.
“Your answers should also emphasize the skills that are most important to the employer and relevant to the position,” writes Alison Doyle, job search expert for The Balance Careers.
Make sure you have at least one sharp question to ask your interviewer too. “Continued curiosity is a sign that you’re actually interested in the job and giving it some serious thought. At a minimum, you want to walk out of your interview having convinced them of that,” writes The Fast Company. Check out these questions on our article about questions to ask in your next interview, and pick one or two to ask.
Doyle also advises to get ready ahead of time by setting aside your interview attire that is appropriate for the interview. Also bring your portfolio, a copy of your CV, and a pen and notepad for taking notes.
On the day of the interview, come atleast 15 minutes early, and try not to panic too much. Bring your attention, personality and confidence with, and you are good to go!
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