Preparation for interviews is essential. Once you've got past the advert and the recruitment consultant with your CV, you're now going in front of the employer. The main thing to remember when going on an interview is that as long as you are prepared, then you can relax. The more relaxed you are, the more you will listen, take in and enjoy the interview. We thought we'd seen it all until recently when one of our candidates took a pet dog along to an interview. We can't think of everything, so please just use common sense along with our tips.
There are some simple steps you can follow which we've outlined below. If you look at other sites you can find a mass of pages and links providing the perfect formula. We've left that to them and hope that you'll find our information easy to follow. Remember, the 3 Ps: Preparation, Presentation and the Parting shot. There's also some advice on telephone interviews.
Always remember that if we put you forward for any interviews, you will be coached by our consultants on what the company does and what is expected of you.
You may find that a potential employer has initially requested a telephone interview as part of the application process. This could be because you live some distance away and they would like to check your suitability before asking you to travel for a face-to-face interview. It might be a process they regularly use to screen candidates by listening to them rather than watching them or to avoid the cost and time of interviewing every candidate face-to-face, thus allowing them to be more selective for the next stage of the interview process.
Preparing for the telephone interview is very important and will help you get past the first phase and secure a face-to-face interview. Here is a list of tips to help you have a successful telephone interview.
Have a physical copy of your CV in front of you during the telephone interview to help you go over your strengths and accomplishments. Also have any documents that you might need during the interview prepared close by.