The Recruiters Guide to an Interview

We have found that prior to registering with Kingsgate Recruitment, most candidates have failed to succeed at their first interview.

We learn from our mistakes and this means that we get better at interviewing and have more success after having multiple interviews.

The first interview you go to is likely to be for your favourite role, so you need to make the interview gets you the job. Make sure you get your dream job, not your second or third choice.

Although it’s a cliché it’s true, “failing to prepare, is preparing to fail”.

Here is some brief advice that we give to our candidates (we can’t list everything as our interview preparation is the difference between us and our competitors.) See all of our live jobs here.

Apply the Umbrella Effect

Take an umbrella with you and it never rains! Leave it at home and the chances are you’ll be in a Force 5 Gale! Apply this principle and prepare for every eventuality. “Hope for the best, but plan for he worst”.

1)       The values of the company – It’s important to show that your beliefs align with the company’s core values. Most companies will display their values on their website. You should research these and think about how these are also important to you. Here’s a quick example with our very own core values. I would certainly ask a prospective candidate about how they feel about our values. It is at the very core of any business.

2)       What’s going on in their industry / company at the moment? – Check out the latest industry news research current topics. There will be plenty of blogs around for major industries. Also, check out the company’s social media for any news and articles they’ve shared themselves.

Following the company on social media can also be a good insight into current projects, plans and company news.

3)       Connect with the hiring manager on LinkedIn – Connecting with the hiring manager can be a way of researching and showing natural enthusiasm for the role. Knowing the background of the interviewer may give you an advantage. Hayley Broomfield, recruiter at Haymarket Media Group said ‘I think is shows a commitment to the role. I’d be impressed by the candidate’s initiative’.

Bring Evidence and Make it Tangible

Examples of your previous work can be the best method of handling competency based questions. With specific examples and evidence, the hiring manager will be able to see that you have the skills and experience for the job.

If you work in a role that allows you to have a portfolio, this is also a great way to show previous work and experience you have in a more visual form.

Want to create a portfolio, but not sure where to start? Check out our blog on creating the perfect portfolio!

See our ‘Top Tips for Creating Your Portfolio’

If you work in a performance driven environment, then figures showing your performance and your teams’ performance is a great way to show your worth.

What you ask is as important as what you answer!

You know that you need to prepare a handful of questions for your interviewer.

The questions you ask during and after the interview can be more important than the answers you’ve already given. It can reflect your motivation and true interest in the job. Hiring managers want you to be interested in their job, not “a job”

  • Job specific – Think what questions you can ask about the specific job role.
  • Details – Try not to ask questions that are too vague or generic. Ask detailed questions to help you stand out from the crowd.
  • Challenges – Asking about any challenges the company currently face can show a greater interest in the company.
  • Performance measured – Ask how the performance of employees is measured. This is essential for your insight into the progression available.
  • Career Progression – Show your drive for career growth by asking about training and development within the company.

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