Top 10 Interview Tips

Having personally interviewed and hired numerous people for my own business, as well as working with my team preparing candidates and clients for interviews, I wanted to share my top 10 tips for success with you.

 

1. Be on time and anticipate travel problems.

This sounds really obvious but if you arrive late it sends out the wrong message and can put you into panic mode, affecting your performance.

 

2. First impressions do count!

Be sure to look smart but do not overdress. My mum always said clean your shoes and smile!

 

3. Do you have a role profile?

It is essential that you are clear and understand the key responsibilities of the role you are interviewing for.

 

4. Be prepared – research research research!

When interviewing individuals for my own business or when prepping a candidate before meeting with a client, I expect (and so do clients) that you have done your homework. E.g. What new products have they launched? What is the background of the person you are meeting with? What do you have in common? *Key factor, be careful not to over ‘name drop’.

 

5. LinkedIn! Do you have mutual connections?

Could you confidentially reach out to a contact to gain any further insight on the company or the person you are meeting with?

 

6. Where can you add value?

Put yourself in the shoes of the person interviewing you, what can you do for them and the business they work for? Give clear examples that back up your statements. * Key factor, be precise DO NOT waffle.

 

7. Based on your knowledge of the role and company, anticipate the questions you are likely to be asked.

Make sure you work through clear logical answers to those questions. E.g. if the role requires travel/relocation, be clear on how you would approach this subject.

 

8. What more do you want to learn about the opportunity?

Have a number of key questions you want to ask, show you’ve done your homework and are genuinely interested (if you are!)

 

9. I personally like “If I was hired and 12 months down the line you said I had done a great job, what would you expect me to have achieved?”

I like this questions as it gives clarity on expectations and shows the hiring authority is clear on what they are looking for. It also allows you to consider if it is something you are capable of doing and gain clarity on what some of the challenges will be.

 

10. Money!

If the subject of money arises, I would always suggest sharing your current/last role base salary/package but do not get drawn into a discussion around expectations on a first meeting, unless there is a real disparity between what the client is prepared to pay and your current package. If this is the case, it would be worth having the discussion early on in the process. If working with a recruiter, they should manage this process for you.

 

I hope you found this helpful. Please let me know any of your top tips.

Gary Pike

Founder & MD

Right International Insurance Headhunters

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