Interview tips

Job interviews are often tough, even for the most experienced professionals. The main aim of a job interview is for the interviewer to get to know you to see if you are the right person for the available job. This is the best time to sell yourself and your skills through a more detailed discussion of the CV and Cover letter you used to apply for the role. At Arcon Recruitment, we want to make the interview process as easy as possible for you. Our team has compiled a checklist to prepare for your job interview so you will be ready to make a great first impression.
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Arcon's Top 10 Interview Tips Checklist

Interviewers often want to see how well you know the company. Researching the company will allow you to fully understand what the company does and what their mission and values are. Showcasing that you have done your research will not only let your potential employers know that you are organised, but they will see that you understand what it takes to be a great fit for the company. Look up the history of the company on their website and social media pages to learn more information.

The job description will give you the exact details of what the job is for and what skills and qualifications the business requires for the role advertised during the job search. It is always best to ensure that you thoroughly examine the job specifications to make sure that you have the suitable requirements for the role to avoid future disappointments.

The Arcon Recruitment team always advises you to tailor your CV to the requirements of a job listing. When you read the listing, you should take note of the necessary skills. You want your CV to stand out among hundreds of other applicants, so it is essential to showcase on your CV that you are the best person for the role. We also advise that you make sure you are telling the truth on your CV during this process. Avoid making up any experiences or qualifications, honesty is key!

There are a number of common interview questions that will come up no matter what interview you attend, for example, if the job specification states that working to tight time frames is essential, have you prepared an example such as that outlined above using the STAR technique?

Always make sure you know the interview location before attending. The aim should be to arrive early, but not too early. Arriving at the location for the interview 15 minutes early is the best way to make a good first impression on the day. Getting to your location with plenty of time to spare will reduce stress and it will help you mentally prepare for the rest of the interview.

It is always best to dress to impress for a job interview. Different job interviews require a different dress code, so getting the dress code right will help make a good impression on your potential employer. Some interviews such as retail roles can be more casual, while corporate roles will require a fully professional dress code. Feel free to ask for advice on this from your Arcon Recruitment Consultant

  • Irrespective of the position on offer, employers will always want to see the below qualities demonstrated:
  • Enthusiasm – Don’t be afraid to show you want the job!
  • Positive attitude – Don’t forget to smile, showcase good body language and maintain regular eye contact.
  • Manners – Pay attention to any questions asked and be polite during the interview. Please and Thank You are always appreciated.
  • Good Communication – One word answers are always a bad idea.

Steer away from asking about holidays and sick leave at this point! Ensure any questions asked will showcase your interest in the position advertised. This can include details of the job description, hours of work, interesting details about the role, and more.

Although the interviewer has already viewed your CV it is useful to bring along copies of your resume just in case. This demonstrates excellent preparation on your part!

This is just as important as the often discussed “first impression”. Make sure you thank the interviewers and/or hiring manager for their time, firm handshake and state that you are looking forward to hearing from them in due course. It is often a good idea to follow up the following day with an email thanking them for taking the time to interview you and reiterating your interest in the position.

Shortly after the interview the company will let you know if they want to give you a job offer. Arcon recruitment would like to wish you the very best of luck during the job interview process. We hope that our interview tips help you to prepare for your interview. If you are seeking a job interview be sure to take a look at the Arcon Recruitment current job vacancies. we will be here every step of the way to help you get your dream job.

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