Interview Tips: Be the one who wants the job most, and you'll get it
By Matt Bolshaw, Managing Director at Ultimate Asset.
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You’ve managed to get an interview for your dream role, you’re nervous, excited and on your own. From my experience in hiring staff and speaking to hiring managers about candidates, I have found that there are a number of things that are proven to give you the very best chance of securing that role, and here they are:
1) Do your research.
It’s not enough to simply read a job ad, and to vaguely know about the company. You need to know a huge amount of detail about the business, their employees, their partners, what’s being said in the press, deals they have done, etc. As someone who has interviewed many people over my career, I know that there is nothing more compelling for an interviewer than talking to a candidate who is well researched, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested.
2) Dress the part.
This is not the same as pulling on a suit and tie, as that may be about as far from the culture that the company are projecting as it’s possible to get. You need to understand their business, and ensure that from the moment you walk in the door you look like one of the team. Back to point 1, make sure your research informs you of the best way to dress, (perhaps knock it up a notch or two, but be part of the tribe).
3) Be passionate.
Every successful business is made up of brilliant people who are very passionate about what they do. It’s what makes them great and makes their company a superb place to work. If you want to be part of any company, be it a small start-up or a massive global conglomerate, you need to demonstrate that your enthusiasm and drive will put you ahead of the competition. Passion is infectious, and in an interview you want the person sat opposite you to have that connection with you.
4) Ask the right questions.
Many of my clients will reference particular candidates not because of their background and experience, but because of the questions they posed in an interview. It’s important to recognise that an interview is a two way process, and you need to get the info you want from it, as well as to deliver a killer pitch about yourself. Again, back to point 1, your research will reveal any recent changes within the business and the sector they operate in. Asking questions around how recent events may impact on the business and suggesting opportunities that might arise, will demonstrate your insight and provoke more debate.
5) Enjoy it.
You’ve been invited for interview because you look like you have the right skills, experience, etc. Once it’s been established that all these elements are in place, the interviewer is looking to see if you will fit with the team and are a good match for the culture. If you are happy, smiling, and enjoying the interview, you are very likely to give the right first impression. While I recognise that there are certain very technical jobs where ability is paramount over everything else, for most other jobs likeability will play a big part.
In the final analysis, as I always tell my candidates, it’s typically the candidate who wants the job the most that gets the offer. Make sure it’s you.
Hear what media industry leaders look out for in an interview in the video below.
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