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What Do You Need To Get Across In An Interview?

oakstone international executive search what do you need to get across in an interview?

Nerves hit everyone – especially in interviews! According to The Home Learning College, 55% of Brits think that interviews are the worst part of finding a new job. Whilst it’s completely normal to feel nervous in an interview the more preparation you do the better you’ll be able to represent yourself.

In order to successfully represent yourself in an interview make sure you do these things…

1.       Prepare and research

Preparing for an interview is essential! Go as far as planning your journey to the interview, arriving early, preparing answers and practising what you will ask.

Take into account some of these questions when you’re preparing 

-          Why do you want to join this company?

-          What do you want in the mid-term?

-          Why do you want this role?

-          Have you got any questions?

-          Describe a situation in which you lead a team

-          Describe a situation where you worked in a team

-          What do you expect to be doing in 5 years’ time?

Next – prepare and research into the company and the role! By showing you have prepared it demonstrates you have not only done your research, but you are also showing you have a desire to work for this particular company.

If you fail to demonstrate your company knowledge it looks like you’re a candidate who wants a job at any company! If you want the position – show it! Show you’re enthusiastic and excited about the opportunity.

You don’t need to remember tonnes of information but do some research into these areas.

-          Key people in the company

-          Competitors

-          Customers

-          Case studies

-          Recent company news

Tip: Go the extra mile and contact someone who is in the company and ask for some insights! 

2.       Related skills and training

Although your CV and cover letter will highlight some of your related skills and training, an interview is the perfect platform for elaborating on them.

Before going into an interview make a list of some of the skills you have learnt through formal training or self-development.  Making an interviewer aware of your willingness to continuously learn and develop will make you stand out from the crowd.

3.       Highlight your successes

Standing out from the competition is one of your top priorities when it comes to interviewing, so do this by outshining the competition. Interviewers have heard the typical ‘I’m hardworking’ millions of times however spinning this on it’s head and saying ‘I’m really hardworking – last month I achieved 150% of my target’ shows them some real evidence that you really are hard working.

4.       Positivity

Being positive and showing positivity is crucial in an interview – this should be reflected in everything you say from your achievements to your flexibility.  Positivity indicates you are a solutions person and not a person who will simply give up. Show you are willing to go above and beyond and that you are excited by this opportunity.

5.       Be on your best behaviour

Manners are everything and are never something to be forgotten – especially in an interview. Showing you have good manners is an indicator on how friendly and valuable you will be in the team.  No business wants to put an unpolite person in front of their valued clients.

Final tip: Follow up and ask for the job!