Preparing for an interview can be a tricky task. Ken Harbourne, managing director at Wallace Myers International, provides us with a few tips on “How to succeed” in Kristof Kolodzinsky's podcast.
1. Make a good first impression
A bad first impression will probably spoil your chances of getting that job. Here are a few basic guidelines you need to follow for your 1st interview section.
• Keep a strong eye contact.
• Dress in a conservative way.
• For video interviews, have a sober background.
• Be well groomed.
2. Find out what your interviewer is looking for.
Typical, most people focus on accomplishments in the past, just focused on your CV history. If you can find what the recruiter needs, you can tailor the interview. Whilst that might not appear in the job specs, if you understand what they are looking for, you can adapt your method to what they might be looking for.
To start, you could go through all the job requirements line by line, and then find a practical example on how you would perform for the task. That way, instead of waiting to be asked competency-based questions, you can jump into the conversation, which will make you look more spontaneous and experienced.
A good way to structure your answer could be using the STAR model. If you are not familiar with it, the link provides a way to learn how it works - "STAR Model"
Knowing the company which you're applying to is crucial. Look at the company online, who is in the company, where are they coming from?
LinkedIn is a great tool to find out more about company culture, events, and employee features that will help you understand what profiles they are most interested in.
Want to know more about this subject? Check out the podcast of Kristof Kolodzinski here: "How a recruiter can help you land your ideal job"