What makes for a successful interview?
You may be the perfect candidate on paper, but it is the interview(s) where your fate will be decided.
Here are some tips from Wilkins Hunter based on feedback from hiring managers that we work with, to help you succeed in the interview and secure the job. They may seem obvious but we often see at least one of these as a reason for candidates missing out on a role.
Timing: Stop the waffle… Keep your answers concise and to the point; it demonstrates confidence and understanding of the question being asked. The interviewer is usually under a time constraint and too much waffle around an answer can not only lose engagement but reduces critical time on a dialogue that could spark that hire! Don’t forget to actually answer the original question!
Research and preparation: Preparation is always key. Read their website fully, research them online through LinkedIn and other Social Media platforms. Look at recent press releases about them and their competition. Understand the strategic direction of the organisation and how that might impact the interviewer and the role you have applied for. Make sure you know enough (but not too much!) about the person you are meeting – LinkedIn is helpful for this research.
Want the job: If you are not passionate about the role or company, it shows. Hiring managers want to build their teams with someone who will dedicate their time, add value and be proud to be part of the team. Demonstrate your passion with enthusiasm, motivation and knowledge from research on the company and what it delivers for it’s customers and stakeholders.
Ask relevant questions: Have questions prepared, preferably written down, so that the interviewer can see evidence of preparation, the interview is as much about you getting to know the company as the employer getting to know you. Dig deeper into the role, the company, ask about next steps to close the interview.
Know your resume: Have examples to support and evidence your CV statements and avoid fluffy statements. Make sure the interviewer is clear about your current situation. For example if you have had three roles in the same company over seven years, say so. If you are not employed don’t try and hide this fact, you are not the first.
Lastly be confident and be yourself: Interviews are about building rapport which arguably makes it the hardest and most crucial part of an interview. Be careful not to be arrogant as this will ring alarm bells to the hiring manager that you could be difficult to work with. Hold eye contact, be polite, confident and engaging.