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Preparing for your interview

Preparing for your interview

Congratulations, you have made it to the interview stage. This is your chance to shine in front of a potential employer.  How do you best present yourself?  PN Personnel’s Recruitment Specialist can help you with this and assist in preparing you for an interview, so you walk in confident and prepared.

It is natural to be nervous before a job interview, not knowing what to expect. Let’s take a look at some points of advice so you perform at your best.

Do your homework

The employer will have some information on yourself, normally your CV, cover letter and may have some information from an initial conversation with you directly, or from us highlighting your skills and abilities for the position.  What do you know about them? Your Recruitment Specialist will always brief you about the company and the people within it.  We recommend you also do a bit of research yourself.  Google the company, ask friends and family, and visit their website.  Think about why you want to work for them and what you think you can bring to their business. You may also have some questions about what they do and how they do it, write these down to ask in the interview.

Make sure you have all your interview details

You should walk into an interview situation knowing who you are meeting with and what interaction they have with the role you are applying for.  Sometimes it will be a one on one situation, other times you may sit in front of a panel of interviewers. This is important to know to prepare yourself beforehand. Make sure you know if there is anything extra you need to bring, such as examples of previous work.  Dress the part, whilst not all jobs require a suited corporate look, you do want to dress appropriately for the role, so if you are unsure, ask beforehand. No matter what you are wearing, it should be clean and neat.

Be 5 minutes early, not late

Know where you are going, if it is a small business, do a test drive past the building so you know how to get there, where to park etc.  For a larger business you may need to check where exactly you are meeting within the building.

If you are travelling on public transport, make sure you allow plenty of time in case there is a delay, even take a test run to the location beforehand to ensure you have allowed enough time.
If you do find for some reason you are going to be late, let your Recruitment Specialist know so they can advise the employer or give the business a call directly to let them know you are still on your way.

First impressions

As soon as you arrive at the business, make the best impression you can, eye contact, a warm smile and a solid handshake make for a great start.
Engage appropriately with everyone you meet within the business, from security and reception through to other staff as you pass through the building.  You don’t need to shake hands with everyone, but eye contact and a smile make a very good first impression.

Be prepared for what you might be asked

Your Recruitment Specialist can help prepare you as they will have a good understanding of the particular skills and qualities the interviewer is looking for. Expect to be asked about your previous experience and consider how the skills you already have are relevant to the position you are going for. Think about your strengths and weaknesses and how you would best explain these to an employer.  Examples of work you have done well and times you have used your initiative are great.  You can also learn from your mistakes, so if previously something didn’t go to plan, what you learnt and implemented from that mistake. This can make for a positive story in the eyes of a potential employer.

Ask the questions too

It’s not just about you, it’s about you and your potential employer.  What do you want to know about the company you are considering working for?  It’s time to bring out any questions you had from your earlier research and to ask about the wider team/company culture. What about the business?  Where does the company see itself in 5 years time?  What are the challenges for the business in the future, what are the opportunities for growth? What opportunities are there for development and personal growth within the business?

Confirm your interest

Finally, if you really want to secure the role, confidently and specifically tell them your level of interest and confirm you actually want the job and why you want the job.

Next steps

If the interviewer doesn’t share this information before you leave the interview ask them:

  •         How many people are being considered for this position; and
  •         When should you expect to hear back from them? 

No matter the outcome, your Recruitment Specialist will follow up with you and be able to provide feedback from the interview. In the final stages of recruitment we play a key role as the third party between you and the employer to ensure communications remain smooth and to clarify any follow up questions and outcomes related to the vacancy.

Cushla Brasell

Cushla Brasell

Cushla effortlessly tackles our fast paced industry with her pro-active nature. She is dedicated to delivering Temporary and Permanent recruitment solutions every time and is committed to understanding your expectations to ensure the right fit.

Cushla always has a positive upbeat attitude and is never too busy to hear from you, so call her today for a confidential chat.


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