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A little help with your next interview...

Top Job Recruitment will work together with you to ensure you have a successful interview. Whether you are researching the company or deciding what to wear, spending time on interview preparation is essential.
We have put some handy advice, tips and hints to make sure you give your truly best performance and hopefully secure a job that makes you happy and successful.

Company and Interview Research

Preparation for an interview is key and your performance will depend on the extent of your research. Do not leave this to the last minute! In the days leading up to the interview, focus your research on the following things:

Company

You need to show that you understand the company - What industry does it operate in? What challenges does it face? Who are its competitors? What major projects has it recently completed? The more you know the better. Good research should raise questions. If you ask these at interview it can show how genuine your interest is.

Role

Read the job description thoroughly. Go over how your skills and qualifications match the role you're applying for. It's vital that you can explain why you want the job, that you understand the role and, even more importantly, why the employer should choose you over other candidates.

Who is Interviewing you

On your interview confirmation we will include who your interviewer will be. Use LinkedIn and the company website to find out more about their professional interests and experience. This will help you to connect with your interviewers and creative a positive impression during the interview.

Questions

You should consider how you'll answer common interview questions, as well as preparing some questions you'd like to ask the interviewer. When questions are asked, consider repeating the question to make sure you have understood. If you don't understand the question, ask for clarification, it will show you are listening, and that you want to get things right. When answering questions try to give real examples of how you deal or have dealt with certain situations in the past. It is often worth asking, 'Does that answer your question?'

Planning

Exactly when and where is the interview taking place? Have you planned your journey and checked the timetables for any public transport you need to take? Make sure you eat beforehand; you won't give your best performance on an empty stomach. Avoid spicy foods and carbonated drinks as they could make you feel uncomfortable.

What to Wear

Always dress smartly for an interview, no matter the position. By looking professional, you’re telling the interviewer that you are serious about the role. If there's a dress code the client has recommended, your consultant will inform you. Make sure that your clothes are ironed, and your shoes are clean.

Interview Questions Hints and Tips

Planning your answers to the most common job interview questions can help you feel more relaxed and confident – even if you can't predict exactly what you'll be asked.
  • It's not just about the content of your answers – it's about the way you answer them.
  • Confidence and enthusiasm are particularly important. Maintain good eye contact and try to smile when you can!
  • Preparing in advance for some of the questions you expect to come up against will enable you to put in the best performance on the day.

Common questions you're most likely to face...

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Employers ask this because it is surprisingly hard to answer. Break it down into three stages: What you are doing now, and perhaps include something you’ve done well. What you’ve done in the past and how those skills might be relevant to what you’re applying for. Finally, what you hope for the future, maybe including why you’re interested in the job you’ve applied for.
How do you prioritise your work?
The employer is not asking you about organisation here, but more about communication and understanding what needs to be done. Try to give examples of times when you have had to decide whether something is urgent or important, and how you have made that decision.
What made you apply for this role?
Show that you've researched the role and company by discussing the skills and interests that led you to apply. Explain how your past experiences can make you successful at the job and try to include what your motivation for change was.
What are your goals?
This is your chance to show the recruiter that you're ambitious and want to work within the company for the foreseeable future. Talk enthusiastically about your realistic short and long-term targets, basing your answers on the employer, the industry and your skills and experiences.
What makes you a suitable candidate for us?
Pick three qualities desired by the employer which will be shown in the job specification. Whichever strengths you pick, you must be able to give examples of times within the working environment that these have been portrayed.
Do you have any questions?
Arriving without questions can give a bad impression. If the questions you had were answered during the interview, be sure to let them know! Try to avoid questions about salary, benefits, breaktimes or holidays!
What are your weaknesses?
The interviewer is trying to find out if you are self-aware, not just that, but can you be open and honest about what you might do wrong. Most importantly, they want to know if you have taken steps to build upon your weaknesses. Pick characteristics that you've taken steps to improve. Never say that you have no weaknesses or that you work too hard. These could portray you as arrogant or dishonest.

Good Questions to Ask: Some Pointers!

At the end of the interview you are asked if you have any questions, always answer yes to leave you with a good impression. This is also a chance for you to find out more about the employer and display your enthusiasm for the role. Here is a handful of examples of good questions to ask...
What are the training and progression opportunities?
Asking about development opportunities shows to the Recruiting Manager that you're serious about your career and committed to a future with the organisation.
Is there anything about me that makes you question whether I am a good fit for this role?
If you feel confident, ask them how they felt the interview has gone, and if they have any reservations about hiring you.
Where do you think the company is headed over the next five years?
Asking about future plans shows a real interest in the company and again shows your commitment to the company.
Relate the research
Pick three qualities desired by the employer which will be shown in the job specification. Whichever strengths you pick, you must be able to give examples of times within the working environment that these have been portrayed.
What do you enjoy about working here?
You'll get an employee’s view of the company and working environment and hopefully you will see how your interviewer started in the company and how they progressed.
And if you're stuck!
If you are stuck for questions, you could always ask them to explain how the interview process works now that you're done, what are the next steps?
Can you tell me more about the team I would be working in?
This will help you understand the way the company is structured and who you will report to.

After the Interview

As your job interview comes to an end, make sure you find out when you'll be informed of the outcome – and thank the interviewer for giving you the chance to attend.
Once you leave the interview please call the consultant straight away to give them your interview feedback they will support you in hopefully what will be the next steps.
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