After putting your CV together and signing up with a recruitment agency, you’re half way there.
To get the job you want, you’ll need to stand out in an interview if you want to secure a job offer.
Here are some of our top tips to prepare for the interview and make a lasting impression.
Before your interview
- Research the role (and organisation, where possible) thoroughly. Preparing will give you a sense of confidence before stepping into the interview.
- Before going for the job interview, ask the recruitment agency what you should bring to the interview. You might need your passport, current payslip or portfolio.
- If you’re asked to bring along a portfolio, remember to include any positive remarks or feedback from your current or previous employers.
- Research a few typical interview questions and think about how you might answer them, for example what your strengths and weaknesses are.
- Prepare a few questions to ask at the interview. It’s good to ask questions about the job you applying for or the company that you are interviewing at.
- Find out what the going rate for the role is (you can find some handy salary comparison sites here).
- Dress to impress. When in doubt, go for formal over casual.
During the interview
- Be confident and friendly.
- Speak clearly.
- Answer questions honestly and give explanations for your answers – specialist recruiters will know about your industry and will be aware if you exaggerate.
- Explain to the interviewer why your application is a strong one, based on your experience and personal traits.
- When stating your strengths, provide examples of how you implemented or used these strengths.
- If you’re asked about your weaknesses, remember to provide examples of how you’re working to improve in these areas.
After the interview
- Follow up with the interviewer. A simple email thanking them for the opportunity and stating that you look forward to hearing from them won’t go amiss.
- If you are successful, be sure to get all the information needed to adequately prepare you to start the job.
- In the event that you don’t get the job and you feel that your skills and experience were a good match to the role, you might ask for constructive feedback. Focus on why your application was rejected and how you might better present your case in the future.
- If you were unsuccessful, be sure to keep in touch with the recruitment agency as roles may come up that you could be considered for in the future.