So, you’ve mastered your CV and covering letter, and you’ve been invited to interview for your dream job and now the nerves are sinking in.
Don’t Fear… here we share our recruitment department’s best tips, to help even the most inexperienced interviewees shine!
Having a sound knowledge of the company’s background and what they specialise in will assist you in the interview, and help you to tailor your responses and show you’re prepared. Knowing things such as the companies values and mission statement will help you understand their background.
“When the candidate knows who we are and what we do, it shows they are invested in the job, as well as the company.” Andrew, Recruitment Advisor at Utilita Energy.
This may be an obvious tip, but it’s surprising the number of people who are late! This unfortunately sets a bad impression from the start and delays interviews taking place for the rest of the day. If you are worried about finding the location of where the interview is taking place, or concerned about traffic, leave early, or do a test run the night/week before to make sure you’re happy with the route.
Asking questions shows a genuine interest in the job, and allows the interviewer to see you are engaged. Many interviewees don’t ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information.
Remember, the questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job. You should want to find out as much information about them, as they do about you.
Select what to wear to the interview in advance. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best interview clothes and check them over.
“Even if the company has a casual environment, you want to look like you’re looking sharp and interview ready! Above all dress for confidence – if you feel good, it will shine through! It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed!” Claire, Recruitment Advisor at Utilita Energy.
We value every single personality within Utilita, it makes us who we are as a company.
“The best thing to do is be yourself, and the rest will follow. Make sure you know about the company and answer the questions to the best of your ability.” Andrew, Recruitment Advisor at Utilita Energy.
Showing you care and want the job needs to be evident. Give plenty of eye contact, speak confidently, and believe in yourself (even though you may feel a little shaky).
When the interview is approaching an end, try to conclude on a positive note. This could be as simple as saying something like, “I look forward to hearing from you.”
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