Your CV and letter of motivation have caught the attention of the recruiters and employers. The interview process is about to begin, This is a critical stage in the selection process. Prepare yourself well, give yourself the best chance by following Diversified Personnel's Top 10 Tips.
1. Make sure you are dressed appropriately
Carefully choose what you are going to wear. Take into account the position you have applied for and the company. Your choice of clothing will be different depending on whether you are going to a law firm, an advertising agency or a building firm. Adapt your dress to the company’s ‘style’. And make sure you are on time!
2. Know who you are going to meet
Before going to meet your potential new employer, look at your interview invitation and learn the name of the person you are going to meet. This way, you will be able to give it spontaneously at the reception desk and greet the person concerned by their name while giving them a firm handshake. You will only have one chance to make a good impression.
3. Have the right information
There is a strong chance that the recruiter will ask you what you know about their company. Look for relevant information before D day and answer this question in a positive way. Also find a way to match the information you have found with your profile so that you can explain why you are the ideal candidate.
4. Look at your file again
Know what is in your CV, letter of motivation and the job ad. This might seem obvious but too many applicants forget to reread these documents before a job interview.
5. Be Spontaneous
Avoid repeating word-for-word what you have read in books on how to prepare for an interview. There is a good chance the other applicants will have read them too. You need to stand out! Therefore, it is better to be spontaneous and avoid ready-made answers.
6. Be Constructive
If you are asked for your opinion on the company, its website, etc., be constructive about it. Don’t openly judge your potential employer. Keep in mind that you want them to employ you!
7. Don’t complain and don’t denigrate others
Whatever you do, don’t denigrate your former employer or your colleagues. Always remain positive. If the HR manager asks why you want to change jobs, don’t say it is because you didn’t get on with someone. Instead, place the emphasis on your motivation and your desire to face new challenges.
8. Think about your qualities
There is no escaping it... The recruiter and employers will ask you what your strong points are. This answer must be coherent and structured. Practice what you are going to answer before the interview and limit yourself to 3 or 4 qualities.
9. Talk about your short comings with care
Another inevitable question: your weaknesses. Prepare yourself in the same way as for the qualities and make sure everything is balanced. Don’t give 2 qualities and 4 defects (or the opposite). For each defect, always try to end on a positive note. If you are disorganised, point out for instance that you work in an organised mess and that it doesn’t prevent you from meeting deadlines .
10. Ask questions
Curiosity killed the cat? Not if it is applied wisely! During a job interview, you need to show recruiters that you are curious and capable of asking questions without appearing invasive. At the end of the interview, ask a question on one of the points raised during the discussion or on the position that is available. Nevertheless, avoid anything that may play against you. Asking about the amount of holidays at the first interview isn’t really a good idea....