In today’s market, it is essential that you have an impeccable CV to secure an interview. But how do you capitalise on that C.V. when you are sitting across from your prospective employer?
Let me ask you a question:
Q: How many times have you received feedback from a recruiter that the client secured a stronger candidate, but thank you for your time and effort; we will contact you when we have another position that matches your profile?
Or this –
Q: “I’m sorry we will not be moving forward with your application. The client was not confident in your ability to bring a professional approach to the role and was put off that you didn’t look them in the eye OR shake their hand with confidence”?
A: Just as often
If you are securing interviews but never securing the role, maybe something as simple as the above examples are holding you back.
With the amount of candidates in the market today, it is essential that you are prepared for your interview and are aware of all the aspects that will make you stand out from other applicants.
So, to be successful in securing a job in this market here are a few of my tips:
- Do your history on the organisation and the panel members.
- Give demonstrated examples of where you have completed a similar project or role.
- Detail your specific duties within those projects/roles.
- Point out transferable skills you offer.
- Talk about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them.
- Ensure confident and continual eye contact with the panel members.
- Speak clearly and confidently and as if you are aiming for the back of the room.
- Ask questions about the project and challenges they are facing?
- Ask what sort of candidate they are looking for?
Here are some things that I see candidates do that may prevent them from securing a role:
- Being under prepared and not having a thorough understanding of the organisation or panel members.
- Under dressing.
- Over dressing – wearing strong colours is not always good. Stick to light easy on the eye colours. We are not saying don’t be yourself but do consider the panel.
- Giving vague answers about your experience.
- Answering questions as if the panel members know everything about you from your CV – they don’t always know your CV and they also want to hear YOU talk about YOU and how YOU can help THEM.
- Badmouthing past employers.
- Leaving your mobile on.
- Talking too much.
- Looking around the room for answers.
- Not thanking interviewers for there time.
Interviewing is simple, if you prepare and do your homework!
If you want to know more about interviewing, CV preparation or a general chat about the market and how the team at Eden Ritchie can help, give us a call on 3230 0033 or check out our website www.edenritchie.com.au