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How to make a strong impression in your job interview

8 Tips from Alexander Grant, RLC’s Director of Recruitment

The interview can make-or-break your career: it often determines whether you get the job or not.

Some candidates feel so much pressure, it can affect their ability to perform. If you are prepared, understand the interview process and psychology of an interview, you can relax and put your best foot forward.

Today, the majority of interviews are remote; this calls for a slightly different approach than when it’s a face-to-face interaction. These 8 tips will help you make the best impression on a prospective employer:

1 – If you’re not a native speaker,

be sure to polish up your English language skills before logging in to the initial recruitment interview. Take 15-20 minutes to read some articles, and practice English to encourage your brain to start thinking in your second language. If you don’t meet a certain level of English ability, you won’t get past the recruiter, and the employer will never get to meet you. If the recruiter is experienced, they will give you guidance on this point.

2 – Do your homework.

It’s important to demonstrate an interest and understanding of the company you wish to work for. Research their business, browse their social media. Take notes and use some of this material when you introduce yourself: Say what you like about the company, explain what you can contribute to a specific project or initiative. Talk about how your passions line up with the company’s goals and business culture. This will show that you are not only qualified, but you are also actually interested in joining the team. This should be done even if you are unsure that you want to join the company before meeting them. My advice here is: “You never know what can happen so always be prepared.”

3 – Quantify your value to the company.

Provide the employer with a clear ROI. This will demonstrate that you know your value to an organisation, and can communicate it convincingly. This does not only apply for sales staff, this is for any position. What can you bring to the company which is of value ?

4 – Prepare and ask questions.

Don’t be shy about asking for more information. You cannot afford any uncertainty before making a career change. Your questions should not be about the compensation package – they should be more about onboarding, training, teammates, challenges, expectations, targets, and career path.

5 – Ask the interviewer

What they enjoy most about working at the company, and also ask what they find the most challenging or difficult.

6 – Express gratitude for being considered for the position.

Even if this is not your dream job, it helps to be appreciative: you never know where this connection may lead in the future.

7 – If you are working with a recruiter,

Try to avoid discussing compensation directly with the prospective employer; that’s what we’re here for. A good recruiter should be able to guide you on what is realistic and how to manage this part of the process. You should appear more interested in the job and the company rather than the salary. This is where the psychology of recruitment comes into play.

8 – Inquire about the next steps in the hiring process.

Ask how long it will be until you hear back from the employer; who you will meet with next if you pass to the next round; and find out how the employer will decide whether you will be granted a second interview – or offered the job!

By following these tips you will be in the best position to succeed. Although competition amongst employers in securing talent is more competitive than ever, employers are being cautious before making a great offer. The interview is your opportunity to impress.

For more guidance and information, please don’t be shy: reach out to me directly on LinkedIn.