How to Ace your Next Interview with a Recruiter
January 28, 2016
Some people are born for job interviews. Their CVs are impeccable, they shine during phone calls, and they project the right confidence during interviews. For some, all this is natural, but for most, myself included, it is something that you develop with practice.
Here are some tips and tricks fresh from recruiters that will help you make a strong impression the next time you are out there looking for a new job.
Constant Development: one of the first things I realised when I started researching recruiter’s tips is how important it is to demonstrate your constant evolution in your CV. The people who constantly ace interviews exhibit this trait, as they’ve enjoyed promotions with all their past employers.
Loyalty: There’s nothing wrong with seeking better opportunities, but you certainly don’t want to appear like you are constantly hopping from job to job. The best candidates often have at least two years spent in their previous job, and a limited amount of job-hopping over the years.
Professional First Impression: Your CV is often the first thing recruiters assess you with, so you should always make sure it is properly formatted and edited. No need to use fancy paper with all sorts of colourings, plain white paper will do.
Conquering the Phone Call
Be Clear: Being clear and straight to the point during phone calls is a good way to make a solid impression with a recruiter. Do not beat around the bush when explaining the reasons for your move, use clear phrases like, “The company’s values are not in line with mine,” or “The company does not have opportunities for advancement.”
Be Knowledgeable About your Potential Employer: The more you know about the firm you are trying to get a job with, the more impressed your recruiter will be with you. You will stand out from the pack if you are able to cite specific things about the company’s services, mission, and history.
Have a Unique Selling Point: Make your recruiter’s job a lot easier by making sure the person is aware of the things you bring to the table that no one else can. You do not need to be obnoxious about this, but you should drop that information into your conversation with the recruiter a few times.
Shine During the Interview
Absorb Questions, then Answer Clearly: Recruiters are often impressed when applicants use the STAR system when answering questions. This Acronym stands for, Situation, Task, Action, and Result. A great interviewee goes through these steps in proper order when answering a recruiter’s questions.
Maximise your First Impression: Sometimes, it comes down to who made the better first impression when choosing between two equally qualified candidates. Do not miss any opportunities to build rapport with your recruiter. Maintain eye contact, have a firm handshake, and stay away from common body language mistakes like slouching (which gives off a lazy vibe) or folding your arms (which makes you come across as confrontational).
Answer Questions: During interviews, make sure you answer each question thrown your way, and not your interpretation of what the recruiter was trying to get at. Doing this can make you look deceitful since it seems like you are avoiding questions from the recruiter’s point of view.
Making a strong impression during the interviewing process comes down to confidence and preparation, plus following these tips. If you have other tips or suggestions, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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