When it comes to interview preparation, you want to do everything possible to give yourself the best chance of success. Much like any scenario, the more you train and prepare for it, the better you’ll be.
If you want to come across prepared, confident and impressive to your prospective employer, read on. As recruitment specialists, we have years of experience in interview techniques and dealing with HR departments, which we’ve consolidated into four key areas, as follows:
The art of good selling is telling a story, sometimes this can be a simple story on what inspired you to work in your chosen field.
Go through your CV story in detail and think about the highlights you want to talk about. This prepares you for inevitable questions such as “Tell me about yourself” or “Tell me about your career to date”.
Think of your CV as your story, how would you like to tell it? What highlights can you share? What inspired you to get in to your chosen field?
Of course, there’s an art to telling a story and preparation is key. Ahead of your meeting write down six to eight points around each of the jobs listed on your CV and think of relevant points that relate to the job you’ve applied for.
Allow for two to three minutes of talking time per role. Generally speaking, CV discussions take about 15-20 minutes in an interview.
Knowing your top 3 career achievement can help you nail those “Tell me a time you dealt with….”
Give yourself time in advance to prepare what these 3 achievements are. We recommend that you write them down using the STAR model approach.
S = Situation: set the scene in a brief sentence or two
T = Task: what tasks were involved in setting up the project?
A = Actions: what was your role in the team?
R = Results: what did the project achieve and how did it deliver against objectives?
Interviewers like to draw on experience to understand your approach and may ask you to tell them about a time you dealt with a certain situation.
And we know they love it when our candidates can clearly demonstrate how they over came a problem or delivered any amazing results using this focused approached.
The ultimate question that tends to be asked near the end of an interview is “Why do you want this role” or
“Why do you want to work for our company’?”
However, there are two parts to this question – why and because. While anyone can explain why they want a job, not everyone can demonstrate the because.
For instance, “I’d love the opportunity to take on this exciting role” satisfies the why element, but saying; “I’d love the opportunity to take on this exciting role and I’m the right candidate because I have X years’ of experience and a proven track record in xxx” really demonstrates why.
This is also the time to show off some of the research you’ve undertaken about the company. The best way to do this is to integrate it with your own skills, rather than just reel off information about the business.
For instance; “I’m aware that you give back to the community by partnering with local charities. I’m very passionate about this too and took on the role of ‘team champion’ in my last role, to increase fundraising by 10%” is a well-considered response.
You may also want to think about examples that show how you integrate well into new situations. Perhaps you’ve mentored a team member or led a successful project for instance.
Finally, as the interview draws to a close, have three really good questions to ask at the end. From our experience, this is one of the top reasons a candidate does well and leaves a lasting impression.
It’s best to consider questions relevant to your role, but here’s a couple of good examples:
• Who would be the ideal person for this role and how do I compare?
• How would you describe the company culture?
• What are the challenges I would face in this position?
• What are the prospects for growth and advancement?
• What are the most and least enjoyable aspects about this role?
As with all the steps listed above, we urge you to write out your CV Story, your achievements and your why before the interview, by doing so it helps clarify it in the frontal lobes of your the brain.
Our final piece of advice is to be an active listener and always stay on point with your answers!
And after you’ve aced the interview, make sure you check out our 6 steps on How to Prepare for a Interview Presentation.
There you have it, how to prepare for an interview in four easy steps. TalentHub is a leading recruitment agency in the Marketing, Tech, UX/UI Design, Data Science industry and prides itself in matching the right people to the right jobs. With hundreds of exciting opportunities, why not get in touch.
Author: Morgan Cummins
Morgan is an experienced marketer who has been lucky enough to work in markets like Australia, the Middle East and Ireland over the last 15 years. He has experience in building new brands, running an ad agency and hiring the best talent for his clients.