You have just landed your first interview and are panicking – what to do, what to wear, what to say? You have one chance to make your mark so what’s your plan?
The HR job market is picking up in pace and there is more competition so it is imperative to stand out from the crowd.
Here are my top tips!!
Research Research Research ! Have you ever sat at an interview and stumbled when your interviewer asked you what you knew about their company? Make sure you do your homework – check out their website, latest articles, news snippets, financial status, social media profiles, their groups and discussions, use your network of contacts to get ‘insider’ info and find out what their plans are for the future and how your experience can relate to them and their HR team.
Take a look at the latest developments in their industry so you can share your findings with confidence and highlight what their potential issues could be in future and how you would overcome them. Sites like Glass Door give great insights into a company’s culture.
Ensure you know your CV history inside out and read the Job Description provided so you can easily sell up your skills to each of their essential criteria.
Practice Practice Practice! Practice your responses to typical questions likely to be asked at the interview- there are some that are guaranteed to crop up again and again. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills in detail.
Think about what you can bring to the table in terms of practical skills as well as explaining what sets you apart from other candidates –
Highlight your achievements, where you have influenced and made an impact, your major successes and results.
Why are you the best person for the role! An interview is not just about what you have done, but about what you are going to do for them.
Dress to impress! People make judgment calls before they have even introduced themselves at interview so ensure you are smart in appearance and dress appropriately to the level of job and type of firm you are meeting with.
Clean well fitting clothes and polished shoes are a prerequisite. Any outfits with dog hairs, deodorant marks, fraying hems, straining zips or buttons are a big no no! Your interviewer will sit and stare at you for an hour and they will notice every flaw.
Be Calm and Relax! We all get nervous before interviews but if you prepare well then this will be key to staying in control. Make sure you know exactly where you going for interview (try a practice run before hand), allow extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile (yes you can enjoy an interview!) and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and they may be nervous too!
Ask Questions Always have some killer questions to ask your interviewer as this shows them are you really interested in the role. Don’t forget to finish on a high with great questions – this is your chance to show you are on top of your game, show them you are keen to find out more about them, reinforce and showcase your skills and make them aware that you really do want the job!
For further great advice why not take a look at the Ashley Kate HR YouTube film with brilliant tips on making your Interview a Success .
If you would like to discuss any HR related topics further please feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0845 413 3200. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn or Follow me on Twitter .