The interview - what you need to do to hear 'You're Hired'
In last week's column, I shared my tips on how you can identify your ideal job and the steps involved in preparing a CV that will grab the attention of employers. But the question is, what should you do next?
Up to now, the goal has been to secure an interview, but when this happens, how can you turn this opportunity into a job offer?
The answer is research. Everybody knows that it is essential to prepare for an interview by researching your prospective employer, however, this research in isolation, will not provide you with the information required to perform effectively in an interview.
The research that you undertake should enable you to identify and profile the interviewer, understand sector specific information and increase your awareness of the company's overall performance.
Typically, an interview will comprise of three elements:
During the opening introductions, the prospective employer forms an impression of you that can greatly influence their decision to offer you a job. Therefore, making a good impression has never been more important and this can be achieved by the following:
Appropriate presentation: Ensure that you are appropriately dressed for the interview.
Body language: Ensure that demonstrate positive and confident body language through a firm handshake, good posture, listening without interruption and maintaining eye contact.
Assessment of personal and professional competence
The core part of the interview will involve the employer's assessment of your personal and professional competence. Therefore, prior to the interview, you should review your CV, matching it against the job specification for this specific role.
It would also be prudent to ensure that your social media profiles represent you in a positive light. I would also recommend that you create a LinkedIn profile (if you do not have one already) as it will rank highly on any web search that the employer might perform before the interview.
All interviews will conclude with the interviewer providing you with an opportunity to ask questions about the position.
It is important that you use this time in the interview to ask about promotion opportunities, salary scales and the next stage in the recruitment process. This will show the interviewer that you are enthusiastic, interested in the position and that would like to progress within the organisation.
Interviews can prove to be a daunting experience for many people, but if you are well prepared, you will view the interview as the perfect opportunity to land your ideal job.