Working with Inspire means that you will be aided and supported through the whole recruitment process, from being briefed on the job, to starting with your new company.
Over the years our experienced consultants have helped countless individuals move onto other roles, guiding them through hurdles such as:
- Counter offers,
- Relocation decisions,
- Salary negotiating and
- Deciphering which roles to accept!
In order to get there, the most important part of the process is ensuring you conduct a good interview, and some advice on how to make the most of your time with a client is outlined below:-
Interview preparation is absolutely key in giving yourself the choice of whether you get the job or not! Often overlooked, an hour or two before your interview can give you a competitive edge over other candidates that are being considered for the job. Your consultant will work closely with you to tailor a unique approach for each client, some basic ideas of preparation are set out below:-
- Know your company:-
Take some time to research the organisation, what have they been doing recently, what are their products / services and why do you want to work for them.
- Know your resume:-
A fundamental mistake made by a lot of jobseekers is not reviewing your own resume! Where have you worked, what did you do there, what did you achieve and what were your responsibilities in all of your more recent roles.
- Prepare for their questions:-
Put yourself in the interviewers shoes, what type of questions would you ask? What are your strengths, why did you leave, how do you cope under stress, what are your weaknesses, what did you achieve at each role, what parts did you play in the delivery of an objective.
- Have your questions ready for them:-
This is a good chance for you to shine, asking intelligent and well thought out questions can really advance your application in the interviewers thoughts and confirm further interest in the role. Not having questions prepared can make you look disinterested or underprepared. Approach each interview with the view that you have one chance and one chance only, even if there are other rounds!
- Be smart and be punctual
Leaving the interviewer(s) waiting for any amount of time is not acceptable, if you are genuinely running late i.e. stuck in traffic on public transport let your consultant know in plenty of time so that we can inform the client. Make sure you know what to wear for the interview, discuss this with the consultant prior to the date and ensure you have everything organised!
In the Interview....
During the interview, your interviewer(s) will be looking to assess your skills and competency to carry out the role effectively They will be also be looking to assess your cultural fit for their team and organisation therefore, you want to make sure you are composed and ready to put your best foot forward.
Some tips for a good interview:-
- Dress Smart
- Be punctual
- Shake hands firmly
- Be enthusiastic
- Listen well
- Good eye contact
- Don’t waffle or deviate from the point!
Keep remembering that you need to give it your all in the interview which ever stage you are at i.e. 1st, 2nd or even FINAL!
We recommend trying to think about your responses using the STAR method:
Situation – Give some specific background on employer, time and project
Task – Describe the task you were looking to achieve
Action – Tell them how you set about achieving that task
Results – Outline the results or implications this had on the business
At the end of the interview, try and find out what the next steps are, and lastly, if you’re interested in the job, don’t be afraid to tell them!