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6 hacks to ace your interview

Don’t forget the basics. 6 Interview Hints and Tips

When you’re searching for a job in recruitment, it’s important that you find ways to stand out from the pack.  Don’t be lured into a false sense of security that the recruitment industry is “candidate short” and hence you don’t have to make much effort to secure a role.  In this current market, clients are “risk adverse” when it comes to making hires, and only the best of the best are being offered the good roles. Our message to you, is don’t forget the basics.  Put yourself at a distinct advantage by following these basic tips.

Research the company

Before you head to any job interview, you should conduct as much research on the company as possible. Type the company name into Google and see what comes up. Usually, they will have a website; have a good look around it and jot down a few notes as you go. See if they have a Facebook and Twitter presence as well; social media is becoming an increasingly important tool utilised by businesses. Also have a look at other Google results; has the company been in the news recently? This is all good knowledge to have going into your interview.

Prepare questions

When we suggested taking notes while looking around the company website, this is why. At all job interviews, employers will probably give you an opportunity to ask questions of your own. Even if you don’t really have any, this is more of an opportunity for you to show that you’ve done your homework and have learnt about their business. Reference something you read on their website and ask them to clarify further; they will be impressed with your research and interest in what they do.

Show up early

When it comes to leaving for your appointment, ensure you give yourself plenty of time. It doesn’t matter if you arrive there half an hour early; you can wait around outside the building and use the opportunity to clear your head or run through your notes. At least this way, it eliminates the chance of being late, which is a terrible first impression to make and one that will more than likely cost you your chance at getting the job.

Dress well

It pays to look the part. Even if the dress code is more casual putting a suit on and making an effort with your appearance will show your potential employer that you care enough about the impression you make to be taken seriously.  If you are a smoker, ensure you do not have a cigarette just before your interview!

Be confident

When you first meet your interviewer, smile, make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Anything less than this will make you seem timid and awkward and will set the interview off on the wrong foot from the outset. Sit up straight in your interview seat and do not fiddle with your clothes or any other objects such as a pen. Speak clearly, look the interviewers in the eye and answer all questions with confidence.

Remember names

If you have multiple interviewers then it can be difficult to remember all of their names. When they introduce themselves to you and offer to shake your hand, make sure you repeat the name back to them. For example, say, “Richard, nice to meet you.” This is a neat little trick that helps you remember names. At the end of the interview, when it’s time to bid them adieu and shake hands once again, say “Richard, thanks for your time.” If you managed to remember the names of everyone in the room, this is going to help you stand out from the pack.

Sounds obvious?  You would be amazed how many Recruiters forget these basics when they are interviewing themselves.