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Managers/Directors in the Recruitment industry are expert interviewers - it's what they do on a day to day basis on behalf of their clients. Therefore it is even more important that you give yourself the best possible chance of success in the interview.
Below is a check-list of the bare minimum preparation you should be doing before your interview:
You might want to use the above as a check-list before your interview. If you need any help at all with the preparation, please call the Graduates For Recruitment team on 01273 200426
You will need to ensure that you are working from exactly the same CV that G4R have sent to the client. If you have updated it, make sure that G4R have sent the updated version to the client prior to the interview. Now go through it with a fine-tooth comb!
Your appearance will be the first impression - make sure you wear smart business attire.
A good handshake is an absolute necessity, as is positive body language and eye contact.
If you find you are walking to the interview room with the interviewer, try and make conversation - compliment them on the offices, ask how long the company has been there etc. Try to build some kind of rapport. They'll probably ask you how far you've come, how the journey was etc. Don't give them one-word answers - make a conversation.
When you are introduced to your interviewers, make sure you know their names and use those names on occasion throughout the interview. If you can, get their business cards.
Early on, give your interviewer a reason to view your application positively i.e. you have researched the company and you know what the job is, so find something you have in your armoury (skills or experience) that you can relate to the job, and make sure you manage to bring it up early. It will help your interviewer look for reasons to employ you rather than reasons not to employ you.
If there are negative things in your past, be honest about them, but emphasise what you learned from the experience, and how differently you would tackle the situation if it were to occur again.
Know why you want the job. If your interviewer thinks this is just a job to you, you will not be appointed. You have to be passionate about what you like in the role, and what you want from the job. Being money motivated is a good thing in Recruitment.
At the end of the interview, ask for the job! Your last question should be something like "What else do you need to know about me to make you feel comfortable in inviting me back/making me an offer [as appropriate], because at the moment I very much want this job?" Your attempt at 'closing' your
interviewer will probably be met with "we will get back to your agency with our decision in due course", but they will certainly appreciate the attempt, and it will add to your application.
Finally - Remember to contact your GRB Consultant with your feedback after the interview.