One of the most common mistakes made during the application process is carrying out insufficient research on prospective employers, as often the first question will be “what do you know about us?” Before meeting your potential employer, you’ll need to consider the following:
- What does the company do?
- Who are their major competitors?
- What skills they are looking for, such as education or previous experience?
- What you can offer them?
The best place to research a company is their website. Rise Consultants will also provide you with specific job information before you attend interviews.
Handling the Interview
No matter how well-qualified you are for a job, your personality and personal presentation will count enormously at interview.
- Know who you are meeting, where the building is and how to get there.
- Bring your contact details, spare CV, a pen and a notepad.
- Have information ready to impress the interviewer with your research.
- Do your homework; find out about the company, read trade magazines, visit competitors’ websites, etc.
- Study the job specification; match it to your CV so you can provide evidence that you meet the criteria.
- Take your photo identification; passport, driving license.
Your first impression
- Wear a smart but comfortable suit.
- Remember that you’re making an impression as soon as you walk through the door.
- courteous to everyone, from the Receptionist to the MD – you never know who might influence the final selection of candidates, or even the job winner.
Questions you may be asked
- Why are you looking to leave your current position?
- What are your main strengths?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- Where have you shown excellent team working skills?
- What is your biggest achievement?
- Where have you demonstrated a ‘can do’ attitude?
- What are your main skills?
- Why are you interested in the role?
- What progression are you looking for?
Ask the interviewer
- What key things are they looking for the right applicant to possess?
- What would my core responsibilities be?
- What training or induction is given?
- What scope is there for taking on extra work or being involved in any other aspects of the company?
- Where are the opportunities to progress within the company?
- What is the next stage in the interview process?
- What reservations do they have about you?
Pitching the right salary
If you are asked about your salary expectations, rather than underpricing or over pricing yourself, why not ask the interviewer what they would look to offer someone with your skill set and experience?
- If you want the job, tell the client that you do. After all if there are two similar applicants applying for the job and only one says they want the position, who do you think will be offered?
- At the end, thank your interviewer for his or her time and shake hands.
- Call your Recruitment Consultant so we can take your feedback and go back to the client and fight your corner.
- Write a letter confirming your interest and thanking the company for its time.