Congratulations, you have secured an interview for the job that will lead you to the next step in your career. Now an interview is booked it is important to make sure that you prepare well in order to banish those interview nerves and stop preventable mistakes from occurring.
To help, we have put together our top 5 interview tips to help you stand out from the competition and secure the role.
Take a look at these tips in CK Clinical’s Senior Recruitment Consultant Rob Angrave’s video here:
- Research the company. One of the biggest mistakes that recruiters note is that the candidate has not researched the company and thought they could just ‘wing’ it. In order to stand out, it is important to have a thorough knowledge of the company you are hoping to work for, they will inevitably as the question ‘why do you want to work with us’ among other company focused questions. You will need to review the company website, visit their LinkedIn profile, and other social platforms. This should tell you what the company does, their values and you should be able to pick out aspects that you like.
- Remind yourself of your CV. It could have been a few weeks or even months since you applied for the role, therefore it is good to reread and familiarise yourself with it. Sometimes when under pressure, it is common to forget a few things so advance revision is key. The interviewer will want to know what techniques or skills you demonstrated in your last job based on your CV, think about using the STAR technique when answering a competency-based question. Also, try to do a personal SWOT before the interview to access your strengths and weaknesses as the interviewer will inevitably ask what these are.
- Dress for success. This might seem a bit of an outdated notion in today’s world but choosing clothes that give you confidence and are smart will make you feel more comfortable in the interview. The recruiter will be able to let you know what type of dress is expected if you need clarification.
- Prepare questions to ask. Asking questions at a point in the interview where the interviewer is looking to receive questions shows that you have done the research and are invested in finding out more about the role and company. When the employer is looking to offer the job they will keep in mind the interviewees who seemed to really want the role, asking insightful questions is one way to show this.
- Be on time. Whether it is a face to face interview or a video interview it is important to be on time. If you are having a face to face to interview, review the journey to the site. It is a good idea to do a test run to eliminate any issues that might make you late. If you have a video interview, prepare the technology in advance, and familiarise yourself with the platform. Any last-minute issues will cause you stress so preparation in advance is important.
Once you have put into practice all these tips, you should feel confident and be able to give the interview your very best effort. Good luck and we hope it goes well.