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PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS AND PREPARING TO WIN THAT JOB!

PREPARING FOR INTERVIEWS AND PREPARING TO WIN THAT JOB!

by Matthew Squirrell

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Matthew SquirrellDirector

 

 

 

 

So your diary is getting a little busy with interviews arranged by your trusted Consultant at Dove & Hawk – congratulations! Now it’s over to you to hold up your end of the bargain!

First things first, remember nerves are natural. Most nerves stem from stepping into the unknown, it may have been a while since your last interview, you might not be ‘a natural’ when it comes to meeting new people, whatever it is, the first step is to recognise that some nerves are good for you – they keep you on your toes and keep you on top of your game.

The biggest of all clichés applies the most when seeking a new job and trying to make a good first impression. “Preparation, Preparation, Preparation!”

Preparing for most eventualities and scenarios should give you an element of confidence and reduce the ‘unknown nerves’ for you. Take a look at some results of a survey that has been carried out recently. Most interestingly, 33% of 2000 hiring managers, business owners and Directors claimed they knew within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone. It is crucial to make your first impressions the best!

Apart from some of the obvious facts and tips above, other valuable advice that we at Dove & Hawk would advise are:

  • Fully understand the job you’re interviewing for (ask your specific consultant for more detail if you need assistance with this)
  • Update your social media accounts to a professional standard (this REALLY matters in today’s competitive employment market)
  • Ultimately, be humble and understand that most interviewers have had to sit through many interviews that have fell way short of the mark, so expect scrutiny, expect deep questioning and be understanding that this is fair game. You would do the same if you were in their shoes!

Follow and respect the advice above and I’m sure you can expect an excellent positive response to your interviews. And if all goes well, you should be expecting a job offer – when you’ve accepted the next step is to thank your recruiter – Chocolates, Flowers or a referral would go a long way!!