8 Steps to Interview Success

Your immaculate resume has got you in the room, but the real examination begins now. Here’s the Energize guide to job interview success.

1. Ok Google
You’ll need some background knowledge about the business you want to work for: where and when were they founded, and by whom? What cities or countries do they operate in? All this information, and probably even the company’s financial performance, can usually be found via your favorite search engine. Knowledge is power, so read up and be ready to demonstrate your resourcefulness.

2. Know Thyself
Write up a list of your achievements. Not only the successes from your last job, but from your whole life! You will have accomplished more than you realise. Don’t be boastful, but make yourself credible by explaining the working context behind your examples – how you’ve managed your time, colleagues, budgets, etc. Similarly, interviewers can be impressed by a frank admission of weaknesses and shortcomings, especially if you recognise the opportunities for self-improvement, turning your weakness to a strength – but beware, don’t talk yourself out of a job!

3. Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall
There’s a saying: “You only get one chance at a first impression”. Regrettably, this cliché is mostly true. Appearing smartly-dressed and well-groomed is the easiest means to make a great first impression. Even the coolest start-ups can be wowed by the right suit or outfit, so never dress down for a job interview. Interviewers will often ask the opinion of others you meet while you are on the premises, so be sure to smile, look people in the eye and shake their hand when you get the opportunity. You should treat all the staff as though they were the boss.

4. Be Punctual
If there is even the smallest chance of being late for your meeting, you MUST make your Energize Consultant aware. The interviewer may already drawing conclusions about you if you show up late without warning, so let your recruiter reassure them – it’s what we do.

5. Let’s Talk
A great interview unfolds like an ordinary, natural conversation. Be bold enough to ask your own questions in the meeting – don’t just wait to be courteously invited before you leave the room. Listen closely to the answers you receive, and don’t interrupt. Mentally check the length of your own responses to avoid equivocating – stay concise and on-point.

6. The Quest for Rejection
Your assets, as highlighted within your resume, won you a meeting – but the interview itself will determine who gets the job. You’ll need to demonstrate some personality and character, but try to avoid being overly-critical of your current or previous employer. Retain your professional composure and avoid the temptation to use slang words or phrases, even if your interview does. It’s the duty of the interviewer to be probing and even provocative, so manage your shortcoming as we discussed in point #2.

7. Show Me The Money!
Interviews often highlight salary requirements in a way that can eliminate candidates from consideration. Your recruiter will prevent this from happening by only submitting your resume to correctly-banded roles, but you can verbally give them a ‘ballpark’ figure of what you’re looking for. The real salary negotiation is something we can handle on your behalf, after the interview, when the hiring company makes you an offer.

8. Tell Them You Want It
Just in case this wasn’t already obvious, sometimes you need to make it clear to that you really want the job. However, you don’t want to be overly keen – enquire politely about their interview process and the potential future stages to demonstrate your level of interest. If you get a promising response, stay professional, and politely get the heck out of there – you’ve impressed; we’ll do the rest.