Top 5 Interview Tips: how to get your interview mojo!
By Michael McGookin
With upcoming graduations on our minds, we thought it was time to speak with one of our recruiters! Interviewing for a new role can be stressful, so we wanted to eliminate some of that stress by sitting down with our Victorian Recruitment Consultant, Michael McGookin to get his tips.
Mike joined our team in the second half of 2019 with a sales and business development background. With an eager to learn attitude, he hit the ground running and quickly became one of our top recruiters (whilst also completing his Masters in HR – incredible!).
Research the position and the company
I recommend doing this even before submitting your application. If the company doesn’t resonate with you or if it’s not one you can see yourself having a career with, it’s probably not for you.
Other than this, it’s imperative to come prepared to the interview. The hiring manager will always ask you specifics that they feel you should know before the interview which relate directly to the company and nothing says you’re the right candidate right away better than having accurate and concise answers to these questions! This will serve you in the initial phone screen but also be prepared for the difficult questions in the face to face interview.
In showing you’ve taken the time to research the company as well as having a solid understanding of the role it shows that you have a genuine interest in working for this company and will help you leave a positive impression after the interview!
Honesty is always the best policy.
Most hiring managers or recruiters can sniff out inconsistencies in your story, experience or CV. Be consistent with your story and the ‘why’ behind your application.
Don’t know how to answer a question? That’s fine, nobody expects you to have all the answers, just be honest and ask what they are meaning or to ask the question in a different way. By being up front when you’re unsure of something, it will show that you don’t try to hide what you don’t know! This will also show that you can identify areas of improvement which is a strong skill to have as we all have room to grow and improve every day.
Questions, Questions, Questions!
This also ties back into the first point of being prepared. Recruiters and hiring managers want to know you have questions, because the ad will never tell you the whole story. You should be aiming to ask a handful of questions in each interview to show you’ve reflected on the role as well as the interviews themselves!
If you are worried you won’t remember all your questions, write them down prior to the interview and bring them along with you. This will show that you’ve taken the time to not only prepare but also shows a conscientious, detail-oriented attitude – both extremely valuable to potential employers!
These questions should be a mix of something you were looking to clarify, general questions you are curious about and hypothetical situations you could potentially find yourself in the future.
The interview is the best situation to find out as much as you can about the team you could potentially be working alongside one day so ask as many questions as you can so you can really understand what the organisation is looking for from the successful candidate, how they treat their people and how you may fit into the team.
Some of my favourite questions are:
- Why did you get into your profession?
- What does success look like in this role?
- What is the team/culture like?
- Why is this role available?
- Why do you like working here?
- What career progression is available?
- Is there any professional development or mentoring included in this role?
- How much room is there for innovation?
Bring it, bring all your energy!
It’s slightly harder to describe how this is important but you might be nervous heading into the interview and that’s completely fine however try not to let this rub off on the energy level you portray in the interview.
I’m not saying be someone you’re not but do what you can to not let that nervous tension bring down your energy its always great to do what you can to be genuine and show the hiring manager what you will be like even when you will be working on the job.
The easiest way to combat nervous energy is to finish any of your preparation 24 hours or the day before the interview. This will give yourself enough time to destress and relax leading into it.
Follow up is king!
This is a hard-common ground to find but following up with the hiring manager post interview will show a genuine interest in wanting to work with the company. However, you need to find the right balance of following up too aggressively and following up the right amount. I recommend sending an email following the interview sending your appreciation.
If you haven’t heard from the hiring manager in a few days, it could be worth sending an email to check in on the process. Ask if there are any documents you could supply to help the process? Or even following up to get some feedback on your interview as well!
Thanks for reading our latest post! We really hope this helps ease some nerves for your next interview (especially if it’s with Mike 😉).
If you’re an allied health professional looking for work in Victoria, get in touch with Mike at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1300 952 433 today!