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3 months ago by Elk Recruitment
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Elk Recruitment Top 5 Interview Tips

1.       Mental and Practical Preparation

Remember why
you are there, you need this job but don’t forget they also need you,
ultimately that’s why you are really there.
 
The guys interviewing you don’t want to see a well-rehearsed performance
it’s unnatural and fake, they want to see an honest interview, your skill set and
a confident you that is capable of explaining and convincing why they should
pick you over other candidates.
  It is
also important during the course of the interview that you make them feel
through your answers and actions that you are already doing the position and
one of their team.
  How do you do this?
Take time out days in advance of the interview, read as much about the company
and the industry as possible, understand the role/job spec inside out and go
through in your mind what your day would look like if you were working in this
position already.
  I know it seems a bit
crazy, but it works, by doing this preparation you are much better equipped to address
interview questions effectively in a manner that will impress the panel.

2.       Know your CV

This is probably one of the most important of the 5 interview
tips, Up until the moment you walk in the interview room the interviewees will
only know you from what is written in your
CV
and the description of you given to them by your recruiter.
  Rest assured there is always one interviewer
in the room whose main aim is to catch you out, so be prepared. While you are
answering someone else’s question he or she is waiting in the darkness to
pounce with a humdinger of an interview question to ask you why you left a
certain employer or why there is a one month gap in your CV.
  To avoid any possible hick ups, know every
nook and cranny of your CV and be prepared to
elaborate on each and every bullet point when
required and if possible making your answers relevant to the position you are
applying for.

3.       Relax its show time

Ok, so you have reviewed and executed the top 5 interview
tips, are now walking into the interview room looking at the interview panel,
now is a good time to take a deep breath, relax, smile and relish in the fact
that all your preparation and hard work will now pay dividends.
  After all you are a fearless assertive
smart and charming individual and they would be lucky to have you as part of
their team, now go and shine.

4.       Ask Questions

There is always a section at the end of an interview for you
to ask questions.
  Usually this part of
the interview is a relaxed stage for you in that you have made it to the end in
one piece, but that’s not correct.
  Use
this time to turn the table with some intelligent well taught out
questions that are both engaging and thought
provoking.
  For instance you could ask
them a question about the future of the business regarding a recent change in
the industry they operate in or you could ask them about the organisational
structure and the management style they adopt. Remember not to be too intrusive
and only ask a question that you know they have a good chance of answering, you
don’t want to show boat!

5.       Reflect

So how did it go, did you use the interview tips fully? Take this
time after the interview to reflect on your interview, although at this point
you may not know the ultimate decision, it is the perfect time to identify
areas you need to improve on for future interviews, reflect and improve,
reflect and improve.
 

“If you do tomorrow what you did today, you will get tomorrow what you
got today”

Benjamin Franklin.