Job interviews – preparation

The most important thing to bear in mind when being headhunted is that although they know you are good you have to impress in your interview and generally the headhunting company will do the first interview and if that doesn’t go well that very well could be it!

A successful interview is based on your preparation so here are four tips to help you prepare for your job interview:

Do Your Homework

Research the company and particularly the specific job position you are being interviewed for, as the worst thing that can happen is that you have no idea what you are talking about or have no clue about what the company does! Ensuring you know even the basics about the business will mean you can credibly answer questions and make your own experiences relevant.

Dress Impeccably

Even if the interview is with the headhunter not the employer you should dress formally, how you would go to work and in most instances this still means suit, shirt & tie for men and suit and blouse for women. Your aim is to look professional so ensure you get a look at yourself before you go in to the interview making sure nothing is out of place, hair is tidy and clothes are not crumpled from travelling.

Rehearse Your Interview

Although you can never be sure about what will be asked in the interview you can make an educated guess as to some of the questions, so things like “why are you the best person for this job”, “what can you bring to this company”, “what is your experience in this field of business” or “why do you want to leave your current position” are quite standard and as long as you have put in the research about the company/job you shouldn’t be phased by any line of questioning.

Sell Yourself

Even though you may have been headhunted for the role, getting the job is not guaranteed so you have to sell yourself as you would in any other interview situation – without being cocky! As part of your research into the company you should try to find out as much as you can about the other employees to see what type of person the employer likes and that will help to sell your attributes properly. Be conscious of your body language as you will be watched at all times.

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