We’ve all been there. Nervous and excited about a potential new job. But first, there’s the job interview to get through. For those of us in this position for the first time, or maybe you are a bit rusty after working in the same role for a few years, it is important to get back to basics and to understand the do’s and don’ts of the job application and job interview process. There are a few tips you can take on board to be successful at a job interview, but it all starts with research. Be as fully prepared as possible and you should cover all bases and be ready for anything. It helps to have found the vacancy through an expert recruiter, who has helped you prepare as fully as possible for the interview.
There are quite a few tips that we could give for those of you waiting for an upcoming job interview. It can be a daunting time, even for the most experienced of people, and it pays off to take some stock and to sit back and become as fully prepared as you possibly can before entering in for your interview.
The first thing to do is to make sure that you are fully prepared. This means you should begin to understand as much as you can about the company you are applying for a role with. Understand the company, the goals, the brand, the strengths and weaknesses and where your skills fit in. Analyse yourself as honestly as you can prior to the interview and be ready for anything.
A prospective employer needs to see that you are enthusiastic, that you have put the hard work in to learn more about them and that you have a clear understanding and idea of where you will fit within the company, what you see for your future, and how you plan to succeed. Always be polite and courteous, as you only ever have one chance to make a good first impression, be honest and never lie about your CV or employment history and qualifications. On top of all that, have some questions of your own ready, as this shows you care and that you are willing to dig deeper, investigate and think outside the box.
Of course, job interviews are now beginning to change in ways we couldn’t have anticipated even a few short years ago. For one, there has been the increase in telephone and video meetings and interviews since the pandemic took hold and many of us were forced to work from home (or seek work from home) for a large period of time. On top of that, Brexit and the impending ending of free movement between EU countries into and out of the UK, has meant that tbere has been a focus to attempting to find work in the EU for many people who wish to remain part of the European project. The job interview process involving any person from abroad or with companies based abroad will change as a result of Brexit in the future.
One way to ensure that you are on top of the interview process is to work with a recruitment specialist that you can trust. Look for help finding the perfect job role for you, based on what you want to do with your career and your particular skillset. The best recruitment companies will help you find what you are looking for, but they will also furnish you with as much information about a company, industry and potential questions that might come up in a job interview as you’ll need. Bear this in mind when first looking for a new job role and considering the nerves ahead of a big job interview. There are some simple job interview do’s and don’ts that will stand you in good stead for any situation.