Here at Executive Agents we see a number of really exceptional clients fall-down at the interview stage. They may have all the qualifications and experience in the world, but if they cannot interview well, they might as well kiss the job of their dreams goodbye. Here are some powerful and effective things to consider when preparing for your next interview.
You can never arrive at an interview too prepared. Research everything, come with enough background information to be able to generate independent thought and be prepared to show that in the interview. Do you know the career history of your interviewer? All these things can really give you the edge over the other candidates. Speak to Executive Agents for help becoming over-prepared!
RESEARCH THE COMPANY.
Did the profits of the hiring company go up or down last financial year? What were the key points of the last quarterly result announcements? How will the new emissions trading scheme announced by the government impact the business? Speak to Executive Agents for detailed insight on the hiring company.
RESEARCH THE INTERVIEWER.
Who’s interviewing you? Where did they start their career? What are they responsible for now? What are their key skills? Knowing these things can help you set up for the interview really powerfully. Speak to Executive Agents for help researching your interviewer.
COME WITH IDEAS.
Love their new red widget? What if you could buy it with the blue widget and appeal to an even larger market? They don’t have to like the ideas, actually, you don’t even need to like the ideas. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking, creativity and an interest in the company. Speak to Executive Agents to obtain the information and inspiration necessary to develop unique and valuable ideas.
GIVE ONE TO TWO MINUTE RESPONSES.
Don’t waffle on! This bores the interviewer and curtails the number of questions they can ask you! Communication is the key to successful interviewing. Being succinct and to the point is a valuable skill in today’s busy workplace so not only will your interviewer be able to cover everything they want, they will also see another facet of your value proposition.
BE SPECIFIC AND ILLUSTRATE RESPONSES WITH EXAMPLES.
Support statements about yourself with specific examples. These will provide legitimacy to your claims. Without them, the interviewer may not accept them as valid. See it as an opportunity to embellish your long list of achievements.
BE FRIENDLY, BUILD RAPPORT AND CONNECT.
Your interviewer already knows what degrees you have and what your technical skills are: they’ve read your CV. Face-to-face interviews are a time to build the ‘human’ case for hiring you. This is an opportunity to build rapport and connection with the interviewer. Flirt, charm and use your wit to win them over!
CLEARLY STATE YOUR INTEREST.
The team here at Executive Agents is regularly surprised by the number of interviews where the interviewer comes out with a concern that the candidate is not even interested in the role. Remember to reiterate towards the end of interview that you are very interested in the role and why.
The dedicated team at Executive Agents is there to help you in all these areas.
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