“Within the first seven seconds of meeting, people will have a solid impression of who you are — and some research suggests a tenth of a second is all it takes to start determining traits like trustworthiness” Forbes 1

Sourcing a candidate for a business or briefing a candidate on a role is only the start of the recruitment journey at Able Bridge Recruitment.  Interview coaching and preparation can make the difference between an outstanding candidate getting offered the role or an interviewer feeling underwhelmed.  In this article, I would like to share a couple of tips that we use in preparing a candidate for a job interview.   

The purpose of a job interview is to asses an individual’s ability and suitability to complete the tasks required.  It is also an opportunity to measure how well the individual would fit into the team.  A candidate cannot and should not change their personality at an interview, however due to the nerves that interviews can induce, giving a true account of yourself can be tricky.  This is where we can help!

Take away most of the stress of an interview – Prepare!
As simple as it may seem, research the company.  What is their mission statement and what are they doing to work towards it?
How has the company evolved and where is it heading?
What do their current and past employees, as well as customers say about the business?  Read review`s on websites like Glassdoor/Trustpilot (it is important to be subjective when reading reviews however as some opinions can be exaggerated both negatively and positively), to see what people are saying about them.
Research the interviewer – Look at their LinkedIn profile to see if there are any mutual contacts.  Find out about their background are there any comparisons between their career path and yours.
Think carefully about what attracts you to the business and think of ways that you can add value to company.
For face-to-face interviews, street view the location of your interview and plan your route to the meeting.  For online meetings check your hardware and surroundings to make sure you project an image that you want to.
Have a copy of your CV with you (if face to face in person have a spare copy for your interviewer). On your copy you could also highlight core competencies that reflect the job description.
Write a list of questions down that will either reinforce your desire to join the business or persuade you not to progress.  Remember the interview is a two way process and it needs to be the right fit for both parties!
Read the job description and understand what technical competencies are required to do the job. Think about examples of where you have executed these tasks.

During the interview itself
Avoid talking about remuneration.  It is possible that the topic will come up, however, as an interviewee, don’t be the first to mention it. Motivation, desire and ambition are more attractive to an employer than an individual’s desire to earn a sum of money. 
Positivity around your career to date is important.   Projecting achievements will present a good image of you and your personality.  Showcasing examples of issues that you have encountered with upbeat outcomes will undoubtably impress.
Articulate your core skills and explain how they would benefit the company and the role profile.  Leave the interviewer with no doubt that you are the candidate for them.
Use the interview as an opportunity to assess whether your research on the company is accurate and whether you would like to work for the employer.

If you would like to speak to us about an impending interview, or would like more information about interview preparation, the current Accounting or HR employment landscape or you are seeking a new hire/new job, please do not hesitate in reaching out to a member of the team on either 0141 7397080 or 0131 2023215.  We can also be emailed at info@ablebridge.co.uk

1A series of experiments by Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov, reveal that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face, and that longer exposures don’t significantly alter those impressions (although they might boost your confidence in your judgments). Their research is presented in their article “First Impressions,” in the July issue of Psychological Science.

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