When interviewing with our clients you will be representing Delegate as well as yourself to some of the world’s leading businesses, so we screen our jobseekers carefully to ensure that they have the skills, personality, and attitude to succeed. Then we take it a step further and ensure that when invited to interview, our candidates are well researched, practised and confident for that important meeting with the client.
Here are some helpful tips included in our briefing information to our candidates.
- Research the company. This should be more than a brief look at their website. Google them for news articles and review their news and information on their own site. Check out trade journals, and do a little research on their industry sector if necessary.
- Read the job description/person specification and note 2-3 examples of your experience for each point covered. Include facts and figures where you can to back up information
- Remember, this is your experience and your life’s work. If you have been able to write the examples above, then you already know all the answers and you just have to match them to the questions
- Treat the interview as a business meeting. Dont be afraid to take a notebook and pen into the meeting, it’s good practise to take some of your research too, when you open a folder that has a printout or brochure with their branding on it, it visually reinforces that you thoroughly prepared for the meeting.
- Ensure you construct your answers to questions to include a beginning, a middle and an end. So for a question where you are asked to give an example of something like…when you made an improvement to a system in your office….you should first set the scene by telling the interviewer what the situation was (I was asked to come up with a process that did x and y) . Next you explain what you did in that situation (so I identified that the issue was in XXX by doing YYYY and changed it to ZZZZ) and finally you should always give an outcome. The outcome can be factual (ie this resulted in a 30% increase in productivity in the department) or it can be a statement (ie the process was successfully implemented and rolled out across the territory).
- Always pre prepare at least 5 questions to ask your interviewer at the end of the meeting. They will always ask if you have any questions and you can gain points and build rapport with your questions. Your questions should relate to the company, the job, the team you would work in. Think of things you have had genuine interest in from your research for interview. Show enthusiasm and a willingness to be flexible. Usually 2-3 of your questions will be answered at least partially during interview so you should prepare 5 and have them written down and refer to them