The interview stage of the recruitment process is the ideal opportunity to present your skills and experience to a prospective employer. It provides you with a chance to present your skills, experience and attributes to an prospective employer, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the company and the role on offer. Read our interview guide below for a stress free experience.
1. Preparing for your Interview
Taking the time to prepare beforehand is key to making sure you are relaxed and focused for your interview on the day.
Do your homework
Although your consultant at Sphere Solutions will give you as much information as they can about the company, it’s always a good idea to use the internet and industry publications to research the company history and current projects in more depth. This will show the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the company and the role.
Plan your route
Whether you are driving or taking public transport to the interview, it’s important to make sure you know how to get there and are aware of parking or other factors that if not planned, could cause you to be late for your interview. It is also advisable to give more time for your journey than necessary in case of any traffic delays or other unforeseen circumstances.
Plan your questions
It seems simple but print off or write down the name(s) and position(s) of the interviewer(s).
You should also prepare a few questions that you can ask during the interview – this will help show you are genuinely interested in the role.
2. Arriving for your Interview
This goes hand-in-hand with planning your route. Intend to arrive around 10 minutes early, so that you have time to compose yourself before going in to the interview.
Make a good first impression
Always be pleasant to the receptionist or person who greets you: their place in the organisation and their opinion of you will matter. And never underestimate the power of a good, firm handshake.
3. During the Interview
Be aware of your performance
Remember to smile and make eye contact, and be aware of your body language and posture – folding your arms and slouching in a chair does not convey a person who is engaging and approachable.
You may be asked to give what you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses. Try to answer these honestly, giving examples of how you plan to, or already address, these weaknesses. For example, someone who feels they lack experience with computers may have enrolled on an IT course to improve their skills.
Above all, do not lie, make excuses or be evasive for unfavourable factors in your background. If you’ve properly prepared, you will have decided how you’re going to present these details about yourself and your history.
Never make a derogatory or negative comment about a previous employer or company. Again, you should have decided how you’re going to speak about your work history and departure from previous roles.
At the end of the interview, always thank the interviewer politely for his/her time, let them know that you have enjoyed learning more about the company and the role, and that you will look forward to hearing from them in the near future. If you have the opportunity, remember to say goodbye to anyone else you may have met on the way in to the interview, such as receptionists or PA’s.