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The Interview Guidebook: What To Do Before, During and After Your Interview

Congratulations! If you have found this article you are probably preparing for a work interview, and it is generally acknowledged that preparing for an interview can significantly increase your chances of landing the job, as it allows you to present yourself as a knowledgeable, well-prepared and confident candidate.

In this guidebook, we will provide valuable tips and strategies to help you prepare for, execute and follow up on job interviews. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a first-time job seeker, this guidebook will give you the tools you need to make a great impression and increase your chances of landing the job. So, let's get started on mastering the interview process!

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These notes are designed to help candidates prepare for an interview. Below are some key points to take into consideration before, during and after the interview process.

Before your interview:

1. Research

We highly recommend that candidates thoroughly research the company they will be interviewing with, including visiting the company's website and printing off relevant information. Additionally, it is beneficial to have a solid understanding of the market sector in which the company operates.

2. Ensure you are aware of the location of your interview

You should take the time to familiarize yourself with the company's location by visiting the location in advance of your interview, particularly if you are uncertain of the exact location, parking etc. If you don't have time to actually visit, ask the company or recruitment agency where is best to park and/or look on Street View on Google Maps.

3. Presentation

To make the best impression, it is important to dress professionally at all times, choose minimal and appropriate makeup and jewellery, and aim to arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled interview time to be punctual and account for late traffic or accidents.

During your interview:

1. Meet and greet the interviewer

Make a strong first impression by offering a confident handshake upon meeting your interviewer and maintaining eye contact throughout the interview.

2. Strengths / Weaknesses

When asked about your weaknesses, use the opportunity to highlight how you have worked on and turned them into strengths for yourself.

3. No negativity

It's important to maintain a professional attitude and refrain from speaking negatively about any past employers or colleagues during the interview.

4. Evidence

During the interview, provide specific examples of your skills and experience, and maintain a positive attitude throughout the process.

5. Any questions?

It is common for interviewers to ask if you have any questions at the end of the interview. Be prepared by having a list of 3 to 5 thoughtful and relevant questions ready, it's a good practice to write them down before the interview. If you can't think of any we have a post that may be able to help you.

6. Close

At the conclusion of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and consideration. If you feel the interview went well, express your enthusiasm for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the position.

After your interview:

1. Feedback

It is important to provide timely feedback to your consultant or hiring manager regarding your interview experience. By providing an immediate account of your interview, your consultant can offer valuable insights and advice that can help improve your chances of success in future interviews. Additionally, your consultant can act as an advocate for you and communicate your feedback to the hiring manager, which can enhance your chances of being selected for the role.

2. Counteroffers

It is becoming increasingly common for employers to make counter-offers to departing employees in an effort to retain them, including offering higher compensation, promotions, or changes in job responsibilities. In these situations, employees may find themselves in a position of leverage, where employers are willing to make significant concessions to keep them on board.

We have created a resource that provides valuable insights on how to navigate counteroffers, which you may find helpful in understanding the dynamics of this situation and making an informed decision.


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