The following tips and advice for applicants have been provided by our consultants based on over twenty years' experience. The information provided is for general guidance, based on a consensus of opinion of employers and feedback from literally thousands of interviews that Resources Group has managed.
Your interview is your chance to sell yourself to a company. It is important, therefore, that you make the best impression possible, particularly in what is a relatively short time. Many of these points may seem self-explanatory but it is always worth recapping on some fundamental tips.
- Be on time - check out the journey in advance. Make sure you know train times and exactly where you are going. Take the telephone number and name of the person due to interview you along on the journey so that if you are running late you can ring and let them know. Avoid being more that ten minutes early.
- Anticipate standard questions including “Why are you looking to move?”, “Why are you interested in our company?”, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”. Rehearse in advance a clear and concise summary of your current responsibilities.
- Find out what you can about the company from us and obtain some company literature where possible. Prepare sensible questions relating to the company and job.
- First impressions do count! Make sure you are appropriately dressed. For men: we recommend a dark suit (blue or grey) and that shirts should have a stiff collar. Avoid very loud or gimmicky ties. For women: we recommend a business suit or a matching outfit which is neither too loud nor too conservative.
At The Interview
- Do not appear too “me, me, me”! - Show interest in the company and what they do. Ask well-informed questions - remember that this is as much your chance to find out about the company and whether you can/would enjoy working there as it is the company's chance to find out about you!
- Avoid using too many clichés - Be genuine and yourself, but keep it positive!
- Have confidence in yourself! - You would not be invited for an interview if it were felt you were not up to the job, so sell yourself - don't be afraid to point out your achievements.
- Show enthusiasm - At the end of the interview if you are interested, let them know as it will leave them with a positive impression.
- For second interviews - Avoid over-confidence and familiarity. Keep your approach as fresh and as positive as your first meeting with the company.
We hope you have found these points useful and wish you good luck in your interview. Please remember to call us as soon as possible with your initial feedback.