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The Interview

Focus: The aim of the interview is to get to the next stage in the process which is usually a further interview or a job offer. Visualise this outcome and focus on achieving this aim throughout the meeting.

Be positive: A positive mental attitude is everything. You are far more likely to have a successful interview if you believe in yourself. Remember that you are at the peak of the Interviewer's expectations when you start the meeting. He or she hopes you are the ideal candidate so they can hire you and you can begin making them money. The odds are in your favour so there is no need to be nervous. Don't be cocky either!

Fit in: Turn up on time, in smart business dress (dark suits are best). Ensure that you have clean shoes, clean nails, clean hair and so forth. Look like a professional who could be introduced to the firm's top clients. Take an original copy of your CV with you.

Practise: Leave nothing to chance. Know your strengths, weaknesses, why you want to get into recruitment (or continue in it), what your long-term career goals are and the answers to all the obvious questions you will be asked. Talk about what you have achieved in the past and how you performed over the expectations of your previous jobs. Explain how you think you can add value to the company and make a positive contribution, not just add to their headcount. The following list shows the kind of questions you should be prepared to deal with during the interview.

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you think you might like to work for our company?
  • Why did you choose to work in this industry?
  • Why do you wish to leave your current job?
  • What do you enjoy most about your work?
  • What do your consider to be your area of expertise?
  • What have you done that shows initiative and a willingness to work?
  • What job in our company do you wish to work towards?
  • Describe a difficult situation and how you have handled it?
  • Why were you not working between ..... and .....?
  • Give examples of your major achievements to date?
  • How do you get the best out of people?
  • How do you manage your time?
  • How do you approach a new project?
  • Do you like regular hours?
  • Do you prefer working alone or as part of team?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • If you are successful today, how long would you plan to stay with this company?
  • Are you applying for jobs in other companies?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Listen: Ask for the profile of the ideal candidate. Now you know what they want and you can explain all the ways in which you fit the bill. Sell yourself. Interviews are no place for modesty. Be yourself though. A potential employer needs to see the real you to ensure you are a good fit for the business and vice versa. The prize isn't just to get the job - it is be happy and successful in it. Remember, the harder the interview, generally the better it is going. If you are clearly not right for the job, they wouldn't bother to ask probing questions.

Close: You wouldn't leave a sales meeting without asking the client what he thought about your product or service. Treat an interview in the same way. At an appropriate point, ask the interviewer what he thought of you and what the next stage is. This gives you an opportunity to overcome any objections. Say how interested you are in the company and why. Then call us immediately with feedback.

Congratulations! Now that you have found the right job you can concentrate on delivering the goods and fulfilling the company's expectations of you! However, career planning is an ongoing process, which should be regularly reviewed, redefining your objectives if necessary. It doesn't hurt to prepare a CV, at regular intervals, just to make sure you are still headed in the right direction. We are always here to give you impartial advice.



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