The interview process can be a daunting one. After analysing THOUSANDS of candidates during various types of interviews, we have curated our BEST tips to ensure you make the best impression possible during your job interview.
It is important to remember that each Recruiter, or Organisation, will determine their own selection process, criteria, and panel. Generally if your CV is selected, you will go through the first screening interview. The number of interviews you will be subject to varies in terms of roles, but generally speaking the more senior the roles – the more interviews you will need to go through – and you may be subject to as many as five.
Although psychometric assessments will generally happen after the first or second interview, for now, let’s focus on getting you interview ready!
Step 1: Prepare
Step 2: Take heed of Interview Do’s and Don’ts!
*I wrote an article some time ago around the competencies of top salesmen, which you can read here. You need to realise that an interview is a sales encounter; you are selling what you can do for the business.
3. The “tell me about yourself” question is not about you; it is about your experience, skill set, and achievements. Once you have elaborated on this, you can add in a little bit about yourself. However, remember you are selling them YOU and what you can do for their organisation.
Step 3: Utilise Psychology
I did a count just the other day, and in the last six years, I have analysed about 4000 candidates during simulations. In these role plays, we thrust the candidate into a situation, and I analyse how they deal with the problems presented to them. I analyse not only the way in which their brain processors information, but their body language too. After my experience as a behavioural analyst, consider my insights around utilising Psychology during the interview.
Step 4: Prepare for the (likely) possibility of an online interview
Obviously living during the Corona Pandemic, Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams interviews are extremely popular at the moment – and will probably continue to be going into the future.
Step 5: Post-Interview:
Written by: Marzenna Almendro (Registered Psychometrist and Certified Coach).
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